Should the Red Sox invest in Beltran?

December, 21, 2011
Carlos BeltranAndy Lyons/Getty ImagesCarlos Beltran is expected to make his decision soon.
In his Insider blog today, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney today takes stock of the market for Carlos Beltran, the best available free-agent outfielder on the market.

Olney predicts Beltran will make a decision on where to sign sometime in the next 72 hours and the remaining field of bidders was down to five teams. Are the Red Sox among them? Olney wouldn’t be surprised if they were.

The Red Sox have a need in right field and the switch-hitting Beltran would certainly be a good fit. Beltran hit .300 last season for the Mets and Giants with 22 homers and 84 RBIs. He excelled after his midseason trade to San Francisco, hitting .323 with a .920 OPS.

The down side? Beltran will be 35 next season and is likely to command a multi-year deal and a hefty price tag. He made $20 million last season in the final year of a 7-year, $119 million deal he signed prior to the 2005 season.

Should the Red Sox make a final push for Beltran even if the price tag is high, or would you rather see them stick with either Josh Reddick or Ryan Kalish in right field and invest their money for next season in pitching?

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