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Potential Targets: Carlos Beltran



    Target: Carlos Beltran, OF

    2013 stats: .296 batting average, .339 on-base percentage, 30 doubles, 24 home runs, 84 RBIs

    Beltran will be 37 next season and has an injury history. Oh, and he'd be a free agent from the St. Louis Cardinals. Sound familiar? Lance Berkman's name should ring a bell. But Beltran might be a little bit safer than the Berkman signing was. He's a lethal hitter that still has pop, as evidenced by his 24 bombs this year. He's also a postseason monster, entering the World Series with 12 RBIs and sporting a career .337 postseason batting average with 16 home runs.

    There is a knock on Beltran, and it's his fielding, which has declined with age. The Cardinals will almost certainly look Beltran walk and bump up their major prospect Oscar Taveras, who is in the same realm as Jurickson Profar when it comes to prospect name power. Beltran could play left field for the Rangers, and probably do a fine job of it. If he stayed healthy, he'd be a definite upgrade there and would help form a nice outfield with Alex Rios and Leonys Martin.