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Beltran chasing a ring with the Yankees

One of game's greatest postseason players still after elusive championship
03/05/2014 10:53 AM ET
By Doug Williams

Background: Carlos Beltran is a 36-year-old outfielder with the New York Yankees. Beltran had played for five teams in his career before being signed by the Yankees, the most recently being the St. Louis Cardinals. Beltran began with the Royals and won the Rookie of the Year award in 1999. Since then, he's been named to eight All-Star teams and has won three Gold Gloves. He has a career batting average of .283 and 358 career home runs.

2013 Season: Beltran was an All-Star in 2013 with the Cardinals, when he hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI. He missed 17 games not because of injury but because of scheduled rest, something that the Cardinals coaching staff believed to be important for Beltran.

Greatest Strength: Although Beltran has never won a World Series, he is one of the best clutch hitters of his generation. In 180 postseason at bats, Beltran is hitting .333 with 16 home runs and 40 RBI. If you translated those postseason numbers into a 500 at-bat regular season, he would have hit 44 home runs with 111 RBI.

Greatest Weakness: Beltran is a very good all-around player, and it's not easy to find weaknesses. Many say he's injury prone, but he's played in over 140 games in his last three regular seasons. Really his only weakness at this point is his increasing age and diminishing athleticism. As a result, he may DH on occasion.

Prediction: Beltran has always wanted to be a Yankee, so don't expect him to come out flat in 2014. He's hitting in a very friendly ballpark and in a lineup with plenty of protection. While he may only play about 100 games in the outfield, he'll DH some and benefit from scheduled rest. Look for a classic .280, 25 HR, 90 RBI season from Beltran in 2014. 

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