Oct 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran hits a RBI single against the Boston Red Sox in the third inning during game four of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Betran, Others Still on Royals Radar

September 8, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson (49) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Astros 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Typically, when hearing such words as ‘The New York Yankees are interested in…” it means that the Royals do not have a chance of being able to secure that player’s services. After all, the Yankees have a much higher payroll budget than the Royals, and could just outspend anyone looking to secure the same player. However, that potential to spend may not be enough to keep the Royals away from Carlos Beltran.

According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Beltran still sits atop their wish list. As long as Kansas City is still a consideration for Beltran, they want a chance to make an offer of their own. Although they may not have the ability to offer as much per season as the other teams rumored to be interested in the former Royal, they may be willing to give Beltran that third season that he is looking for in the open market.

And that shopping may not end with Beltran. The Royals also are looking at adding another starting pitcher, and may be making trades to either add that middle of the order bat they seek or a viable second starter. In fact, a trade seems likely, given that the Royals may already be at their spending limit.

“We’ll see what else unfolds in the Winter Meetings and beyond with maybe another pitcher,” Dayton Moore said. “We’ll see what’s available. There are still opportunities to make a trade or two with some of our current group.”

The Royals had already been linked to Brett Anderson as a possible trade candidate, and if they lose out on Beltran, may be looking to the trade market to acquire that type of bat they may need. They certainly do seem to have several trade chips, and both Aaron Crow and Tim Collins have received interest. There are even multiple teams that may be interested in Wade Davis, which would work out to help the Royals land the type of bat they want while unloading Davis’s salary.

Even if the Royals do not get Carlos Beltran, their offseason may not be over. Although they are against their spending limit, it appears as though Moore may have options to be able to fill the holes in the roster. If so, then the success of 2013 may not be just a one year occurrence.

Normally, when the Royals are up against their spending limit, that signaled an end to their offseason. However, that may not be the case this year. More players, and maybe even Carlos Beltran, may be on the way.

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  • jimfetterolf

    If they’re still players for Jose Guillen v2.0 they obviously aren’t at their spending limit. First off, Beltran would be a huge mistake with his poor defense and age coming to the K, second the Royals have a history of giving poor old Bob Dutton bad information for their own purposes. Beyond that, Anderson might be a possible reclamation project, but hardly worth productive young relievers. If another starter is needed, convert Crow back, he’s younger, healthier, and throws harder.

    • Dave Hill

      They claim to be at the spending limit, and would need to trade some salary to take on other players. However, Moore says they would be able to work around that. Wonder if he means deferred money or through trading some of the players starting to make some money.

      • jimfetterolf

        I figure they can go as high as around $105m total with the new money. Dayton Moore will plea poverty, but if he can get Granderson to listen and if he thinks that takes the team to 93-95 wins he’ll get the money.

        New media money, several years of saved payroll, and David Glass getting to the ownership legacy stage of his career. But it won’t be dumb money spent, not a signing just to show they’re trying like Jose Guillen, totally goes against the business model, which right now is to take excess money and make a strong push to lock up Hosmer, Duffy, and maybe even Ventura for many years, locking in the core of the future.

        • jimfetterolf

          And Shields…

        • moretrouble

          The Royals are struggling with the fact that it’s going to take a lot more payroll to add victories on top of 86; kind of a law of diminishing returns. Plus, the risk gets higher from a bad signing, like Guillen, that remains on the books. They’ve certainly got some decisions to make, but one thing is certain – they’re going to have to spend more money. Whether they can make that work and still give the Glass family the kind of profit they want, I’m not sure. But, I’d rather they spent the money on players than a merry-go-round and batting cages for fans beyond the centerfield fence. They’re headed in the right direction. The best fan experience is a win.

    • moretrouble

      I respectfully disagree with you on Beltan, Jim. True, he’s older and may not play every day through the life of the contract, and I’m admitting he may not be the best defender out there – but, he’s a simple solution to a middle of the order bat, without tearing up the club to make a trade.

      They’ve got to be careful because they need the payroll room if they want to re-sign Shields, plus negotiations with Butler and Gordon are on the horizon. On the other hand, Glass has to realize that the playoffs cost more money. True, that’s not the strategy in Oakland, but even Billy Beane admits his strategies don’t work once his team is in the playoffs…..

      If they sign Beltran, they’ve got Lough as a very good 4th outfielder (they’ll have to carry 5 until Cain proves he can play an entire season), and Lough would be an upgrade over Mitch Maier as a utility OFer.

      Looking at the way the KC line-up sets up, putting Beltran and Butler together solves their offensive weakness in the middle. One knee injury could deep six that strategy, but I’d like to see them take a shot at signing Carlos.

  • baustin

    Crow might be younger but he is a two pitch pitcher……not very good at trying to spread two pitches over seven frames. Anderson is actually younger not by much but his 9.2 K rate looks solid from last season. Maybe a younger Paulino in the works only if he can stay healthy


    Still not convinced that signing Beltran is the best move, but it may be the only splash Moore can make in the free agent market. I think if we sign Beltran it almost necessitates trading Butler, since Beltran will probably be playing DH full time in the next couple years.

    If that happens we could try to package Butler and Collins and see who’s interested. Either way, if someone is interested in Collins I say we should move him. He’s too inconsistent and we’re stocked for middle relievers.