ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has signed a three-year contract with the New York Yankees, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
The newspaper reports Beltran, 36, will be paid $45 million in the deal.
Beltran’s wife Jessica seemed to confirm the news on Twitter Friday night, tweeting, “Back to NY! #Yankees #goingafterthatring” along with a photo of her and her husband.
The Cardinals chose not to exercise a $14 million option in Beltran’s contract, opening him up for free agency shortly after the 2013 season ended.
By letting Beltran go, the team hopes to free up space and playing time for young sluggers Matt Adams and Oscar Taveras.
Beltran was rumored to be in discussions with the Kansas City Royals in recent days.
The Yankees, meanwhile, recently lost second baseman Robinson Cano to the Seattle Mariners after months of contract deliberations.
In 2013, Beltran played in the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career. The eight-time All-Star batted .296 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs in the regular season.
The switch-hitting slugger made Cardinals fans simultaneously celebrate and cringe after crashing into a bullpen fence during Game 1 of the World Series to rob David Ortiz of a grand slam. Beltran left that game with bruised ribs.
The New York Daily News reports Beltran will likely play right field for the Yankees as well as designated hitter.