In case (for some strange reason) you've forgotten, here's your daily reminder that the New York Yankees have a lot of money at their disposal.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, multiple league executives expect the Bronx Bombers to ultimately land sought-after free-agent Carlos Beltran.
“I think at this point it would be an upset if he didn’t end up there,” one executive said.
A number of teams (see below) have expressed interest in the 36-year-old outfielder, who is said to be seeking a three-year contract.
While Sherman notes that the Yankees would prefer to sign Beltran to just a two-year deal, the feeling around the league is that they will make up for that lack of term with their dollar figure.
“Beltran wants three years, so I think the Yankees will either go three years or give him a [bleep]-load more on a two-year deal," one AL official said. "I think the feeling in the industry is if it comes down to a two-year deal because no one goes to three, then the Yanks will win.”
General manager Brian Cashman has already made a big splash this month by signing free-agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85-million deal.
As always, there is plenty of cash left in the coffers at Yankee Stadium.