When was the last time Rays ever signed a free agent who was also drawing interest from other teams? Never, if I recall correctly. Oh, well, there was the Hit Show, but that's Devil Rays history.
Anyway, Beltran had a career year last year (.389 wOBA, 151 wRC+), despite being 34 years old. Hitters in their mid-30s typically fall into the Rays' price range -- so do guys with recent injury histories -- and Carlos Beltran is quite the aged, injured hitter, but this still feels doubtful.â†µ
But wouldn't it be nice if Rays could get Beltran to come down to the beach?â†µâ†µ