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Yankees sign Carlos Beltran to three-year contract extending through 2016


The New York Yankees today announced they have signed eight-time All-Star (2004-07, '09, '11-13) and three-time Gold Glove Award-winning (2006-08) outfielder Carlos Beltran to a three-year contract extending through the 2016 season.

Beltran, 36, owns a .283 (2,228-for-7,868) career batting average with 1,346 runs, 446 doubles, 358 home runs, 1,327RBI and 308 stolen bases in 2,064 games over 16 Major League seasons with Kansas City (1998-2004), Houston (2004), New York-NL (2005-11), San Francisco (2011) and St. Louis (2012-13). He ranks fourth among active players in career runs scored, trailing only Alex Rodriguez (1,919), Derek Jeter (1,876) and Albert Pujols (1,425). Beltran is the only player in Major League history to record four-or-more consecutive seasons with at least 100 runs scored, 20 home runs, 100RBI and 30 stolen bases, a feat he accomplished each season from 2001-04.

Among active switch-hitters, the two-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2006-07) ranks first in runs scored, hits and RBI and second in doubles and home runs. Beltran is the only switch-hitter in Baseball with at least 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases in his career.

In 2013, he batted .296 (164-for-554) with 79 runs, 30 doubles, 24 home runs and 84RBI in 145 games with St. Louis. In 17 postseason games for the National League-champion Cardinals, including his first career trip to the World Series, Beltran batted .268 (15-for-56) with three doubles, two home runs and 15RBI, most among 2013 playoff participants.

Beltran is a .333 (60-for-180) batter with 45 runs, 13 doubles, 16 home runs and 40RBI in 51 career playoff games. Among active players, he ranks fourth in postseason home runs, sixth in hits and seventh in RBI.

A native of Manati, Puerto Rico, Beltran was originally selected by Kansas City in the second round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft. He won the American League Rookie of the Year Award with the Royals in 1999.

In a corresponding 40-man roster move, right-handed pitcher Brett Marshall was designated for assignment.

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