The Houston Astros signed outfielder Carlos Beltran to a one-year, $16 million deal. The deal comes with a full no-trade clause. The Astros and Beltran will reunite for the first time since 2004 when he was traded to the team from the Kansas City Royals.
Carlos Beltran Reunites with the Houston Astros on a One-Year Deal
After signing Josh Reddick and trading for Brian McCann earlier in the offseason, the Astros continued to bolster their offense in this latest move. Their outfield now consists of Beltran, Reddick, and George Springer. They also have Nori Aoki, Jake Marisnick, Teoscar Hernandez, and Preston Tucker, who can all play the outfield.
The 39-year-old had a All-Star season last year in his time with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. In 99 games with the Yankees, he hit .304/.344/.546 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI making him a hot commodity nearing the trade deadline.
While on the Rangers, Beltran’s production dropped off a tick, but he still performed quite well. In 52 games, he hit .280/.325/.451 with seven home runs and 29 RBI. The Rangers won the American League West Division, but lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Division Series. Beltran had two hits and one RBI in the three games of that series.
Despite his numbers in those three games, Beltran has been known for his postseason success over his career. This began in 2004 while he was with the Astros. In 12 playoff games during 2004, Beltran had 20 hits, eight home runs, 14 RBI, six stolen bases, and 21 runs scored. That was all in 46 at bats during his first season in the playoffs, but it was statistically one of the best postseason performances in the history of baseball.