Carlos Beltrán has made news in two ways today. First, he announced his retirement after 20 seasons in the Big Leagues. Second, he told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that he would be interested in managing the Yankees if they came calling.
“I would not discount anything; you’re talking about the New York Yankees. You’re not just talking about any team in baseball. Not taking anything away from any other organization, but the Yankees are a team that anyone would love to put on that uniform and manage that ballclub,” Beltrán said.
Beltrán has always been highly regarded for his talent on the field, but also for his work ethic and demeanor in the clubhouse. Plus, he always made himself available to the media. That would check off a lot of boxes for Brian Cashman in his search for Joe Girardi‘s successor in the Bronx.
Beltrán signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees in December 2013, and played in the Bronx until the Trade Deadline in 2016. The Yankees dealt him to the Texas Rangers as part of their rebuild for prospects Dillon Tate (No. 13), Erik Swanson and Nick Green. In 341 games in pinstripes, Beltrán hit .270/.327/.470 with 56 home runs and 180 RBIs.
Though it’s worth noting that Cashman spoke of Beltrán’s interest in managing, it feels unlikely that he would go immediately from playing to managing. Feinsand noted in his column that the 40-year-old wanted to spend more time with his wife, Jessica, and their three children.
Beltrán finishes his career with a .279/.350/.486 batting line to go with 435 home runs and 1,587 RBIs. He also stole 312 bases in his career, with an 86.4 percent success rate. He is a nine-time All-Star, and owns three Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers.