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Indians Now "Legitimate Player" For Carlos Beltran

The Cleveland Indians have reportedly entered the mix in the effort to sign free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to Fox Sports.

It was reported yesterday that Beltran would likely make his decision on a team within the next week. So far this winter there has been a strong amount of interest in the All-Star’s services, however according to Fox Sports, the Indians became a “legitimate player” for Beltran on Wednesday.

Other teams believed to be interested in Beltran’s services are the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Beltran, 34, just finished a seven-year $119 million contract which he signed with the New York Mets in 2005. The slugging outfielder played seven seasons with New York before being traded mid-way through 2011 to the San Francisco Giants.

In 142 games last season, Beltran hit .300/.385/.525 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI. The performance was considered one of the best comebacks of the year, as Beltran had failed to play more than 81 games in a season since 2008. Before being traded to San Francisco, Beltran was named to his sixth All-Star team.

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