Free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has a three-year, $48 million offer "in hand," according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. It's not known what team offered the substantial deal, but Olney speculates it could be the Mariners, as they are "being aggressive."
Beltran, 36, hit .296/.339/.491 with 30 doubles, 24 homers and 84 RBI in 600 plate appearances last season for the Cardinals. The eight-time All-Star is also one of the best postseason hitters in MLB history, posting a .333/.445/.683 line with 16 homers and 40 RBI in 51 playoff games.
Beltran turned down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to stay in St. Louis and appears to have several suitors willing to pay more.
As for the Mariners, they've been desperate to land offense for years and right now could plug Beltran into their two- three- or four- hole in the lineup as a corner outfielder or designated hitter. He'd immediately provide a boost with his bat for sure.