Carlos Beltran slipped on the Yankee pinstripes for the first time Friday at a press conference introducing the outfielder to the media. NY1's Priya Desai filed the following report.
On the heels of the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, the Yankees continued to revamp their outfield with the signing of former Met Carlos Beltran, who took to the pinstripes quickly with a bold prediction for the upcoming season.
"There's going to be a lot of good things coming out of the New York Yankees," Beltran said. "With the signings of Ellsbury, McCann, myself and the players that we have, I believe we have a good team to go all the way."
Beltran's only World Series appearance came this past season with the Cardinals. The All-Star, most likely entering the final phase of his career, is looking to earn that World Series ring as a New York Yankee.
"When I think about this organization, I think about the history of this organization, the championships and, in my case, being able to play this game for a long time, I have never experienced a championship in my career, so I am just looking forward to that," Beltran said.
The Beltran/Yankee story dates back to 2005, when talks between the two ended with Beltran signing with the Mets. He showed interest in 2011, but the Yankees passed. Now, the third time's the charm for Beltran, who can finally don the Yankee pinstripes.
"I'm happy for him and also happy for us," said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman. "The timing of his free agency this time around works out for both of us. He had other choices that he had to turn down. This is the last time I think he's going to have a chance to come be a Yankee, and I'm glad he chose us."
The Yankees and Beltran agreed to a three-year deal reportedly worth $45 million.
Despite a knee injury, Beltran has had success since leaving the Mets, hitting 24 home runs last season.
"We wouldn't have signed him if we didn't think he was going to be extremely productive for us, and we think our park will play well for him as well," said Yankees Manager Joe Girardi.
After leaving Queens on less than friendly terms, Beltran hopes to join the likes of David Cone, Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, all former Mets who won World Series rings while in the Bronx.