Originally written November 12, 2012 on The Cardinal Nation blog:
It is again that time of year when free agent rumors dominate baseball headlines. Unfortunately, it is usually difficult – if not impossible – to determine the original source and the credibility of the news. In some cases, members of the media may come up with ideas that appear to be their very own. The only difference between them and random proposals floated on countless message boards is the size of the writer’s platform. Two weeks ago, Joel Sherman of the New York Post floated an idea that the New York Yankees should probe the potential availability of former New York Met and current St. Louis Cardinal Carlos Beltran. Despite the fact that no one connected with St. Louis has suggested that Beltran would be traded with a year remaining on his contract, Sherman was not deterred. The logic is driven by the availability of the designated hitter in the American League, allowing Beltran to rest his sore knees more often. After all, the Yankees always get their target, right? They c...
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