Entering the 2016 season, the Boston Red Sox knew this was David Ortiz’s final year playing, which will put them in the open market looking for a new designated hitter, as they have not really used anyone else on a normal basis there since Ortiz’s arrival in Boston. It will be a huge change for the team, but they have multiple options like Carlos Beltran, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Matt Holliday to pick on with the large amount of money available.
Now, the Red Sox will have to give up their first-round draft pick for next year if they decide to land either Joey Bats or Encarnacion. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag’s, the Blue Jays are set to offer both of their two major superstars a qualifying offer. The Blue Jays are trying to get something in return for them, as they are impending free agents. Both players are expected to decline the qualifying offers.
In addition, the Cardinals declined Matt Holliday’s club option. He will be the cheapest option for the team, but he is declining the most out of these options.
Next, I can see Carlos Beltran go to Boston, as they are always a contender for the ring, and that should be a factor in him expressing interest with the club. He does not have to play the field and he joins one of the best offenses in baseball. The veteran is a switch-hitter, which is a plus and he can still hit the baseball, as displayed this past year by splitting the season between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. In 151 games, he belted 29 home runs and drove in a total of 93 RBIs, while batting .295 with a .513 slugging percentage, which the slugging percentage was his highest since the 2011 season where he played the season with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants.
Also, the Red Sox do not have to over pay for Beltran, but he is looking for at least a two to three year deal worth around $15 mil to $18 mil per season, which is the con in going after him. I do think the Red Sox can talk him into a $12.5 mil salary per season.
Finally, his leadership and experience is a plus to the club house, as they are losing one of the most influential players in the clubhouse and league in Ortiz.