Report: Diamondbacks heavily courted Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran didn't take the highest offer in free agency.
Carlos Beltran didn't take the highest offer in free agency. (USATSI)

Related: Beltran signs with Yankees

Free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran agreed to sign with the Yankees Friday night, but he didn't accept the highest offer.

One might recall that earlier this past week, there was a report saying Beltran had received a three-year, $48 million offer from an anonymous (at the time) ballclub. He ended up signing with the Yankees for three years and $45 million.

By way of Arizona reporter Nick Piecoro, we now know that it was likely the Arizona Diamondbacks who offered Beltran the three-year, $48 million deal. Piecoro reports that the D-Backs made a "strong, under-the-radar push" for the veteran slugger. He notes that Beltran even visited Arizona in secret to meet with club officials.

Still, the D-Backs didn't land Beltran, so they'll likely continue searching for corner outfield options with power. Just don't expect it to be Nelson Cruz -- remember, Arizona is home of the moral police.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last five World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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