Deep Thoughts: Carlos Beltran edition

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Four teams are having a pretty rough go of it right now:  the Giants, Mets, Royals and Astros.

What do those four teams have in common?  Carlos Beltran.

I hereby recant all of my defenses of Beltran over the years. The man is obviously a selfish clubhouse cancer who doesn’t know how to win.

UPDATE: Actually, as Scott Simon pointed out to me, it’s possible that Jeff Keppinger could be the cancer. Depends on if the Reds go on a roll now or not.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.