Following the Mets’ trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, most everyone believes Carlos Beltran is the next shoe to drop. However, the six-time All-Star won’t be going to the Yankees, sources tell ESPN.com’s Buster Olney.
Olney reports that the Yankees aren’t interested in Beltran, who has hit .285/.377/.503 in 89 games this season.
If the Yankees were to pick up someone like Beltran, it’d mean sitting either Nick Swisher or Jorge Posada against right-handers, and while Beltran may well be an upgrade in that situation, he doesn’t really qualify as a need.
It’s pretty much a given that Beltran is a goner. Since the Mets are prevented from offering him arbitration as a free agent, they don’t even have the incentive of keeping him in the hopes of getting a couple of draft picks in return. Speculation will likely continue to center on the Giants, but Olney thinks the Tigers could land him because of their ability to take on salary.
For a few days, it looked like Aaron Judge was finally hitting his stride in the postseason. He was still striking out at a regular clip, piling more and more strikeouts atop the 16 he racked up in the Division Series, but he was mashing, too. He engineered a three-run homer during Game 3 of the Championship Series, followed by another blast and game-tying double in Game 4. His one-out double helped pad a five-run lead in Game 5, while his 425-footer off of Brad Peacock barely made a dent during a 7-1 loss in Game 6. And then Lance McCullers‘ curveball found and fooled him, as it did five of the 14 batters it met in Game 7:
The strikeout was Judge’s first of the evening and 27th since the start of the playoffs. No other major league batter has racked up that many strikeouts in a single postseason, though Alfonso Soriano’s 26-strikeout record in 2003 comes the closest. Within that record, Judge also collected three golden sombreros (four strikeouts in a single game), narrowly avoiding the dreaded platinum sombrero (five strikeouts in a single game).
It’s an unfortunate footnote to a spectacular year for the rookie outfielder, who decimated the competition with 52 home runs and 8.2 fWAR during the regular season and was a pivotal part of the Yankees’ playoff run. Thankfully, the image of McCullers’ curveball darting just under Judge’s bat won’t be the image that sticks with us for years to come. Instead, it’ll look something like this: