During Beltran’s introductory press conference, the veteran outfielder (and eventual designated hitter) said he plans to likely retire at the end of his Yankees contract:
Beltran says its likely this is his last contract, would retire at the end.
It makes sense given Beltran, 37, will be 40 come the conclusion of his deal. Of course, offensively Beltran could still very well be a competent MLB player even at 40 years of age, so it’s possible he could squeak in another season or so as a full-time designated hitter. That however would likely be determined by his health and overall play during the final year of his contract with New York.
The more likely scenario is Beltran playing out the next three seasons and retiring, as he stated.
Beltran, one of the biggest name free agents this offseason was adamant he found a contract with a guaranteed third year as he is attempting to build up his Hall of Fame resume.