The Royals’ push to reacquire free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran accelerated Tuesday in face-to-face meetings and negotiations at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals chose not to comment beyond confirmation that talks with Beltran took place.
This is my fault.
Back in October I glibly remarked that Beltran would look good in Royals blue. Okay okay, truth: I was snarkily commenting on the Royals’ historical propensity for drafting outstanding players then dumping them as soon as they wanted ‘real’ money.
I should have also mentioned the equally obnoxious flip side of that particular coin: the Royals’ weird fetish for (re)acquiring excellent players, after their prime, and then paying them ‘real’ money.
Carlos Beltran is a perfect example.
The Star suggests that should the Royals nab Beltran they could lease out ol’ BBQ Billy, saving themselves $20.5 million over a couple of years. That’s almost correct: Beltran is said to want $15 million for two or three years, so at the most you ‘save’ $5 million.
But baseball is NOT about saving money. 1
Baseball, like most sports, is about winning. And how one wins. And one doesn’t win by trading for power hitters past their prime.
Yes, I know Beltran passed Ruth this fall for number of dingers struck in post-season.
Yes, I’ve seen Beltran’s total numbers for post-season play. Who hasn’t?
Know what I haven’t seen, though? The Royals in any post-season play since ’85.
So what, exactly, does a 37 year old Beltran buy the Royals they don’t already have in BBQ Billy? 2
No, let the Yankees, Boston or Seattle make an idiotic, outrageous offer for Beltran and save the Royals from themselves.
And, again, let me apologize for even raising the subject; I know how stupid the Royals can be in these things.