Carlos Beltran has been linked to surprisingly few teams this offseason, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies have shown interest in the switch-hitting outfielder.
However, they’ve shown even stronger interest in Michael Cuddyer, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting that Colorado made him a three-year offer worth more than $25 million in an effort to lure him away from Minnesota.
That seemingly means Beltran is the Rockies’ fallback plan to Cuddyer, and he’d presumably come cheaper or at least on a shorter contract.
Based strictly on performance Beltran should have been one of the most sought after free agents on the market, but clearly his injury history is scaring some teams off.
Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.
ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:
Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”
Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.