HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Astros stayed busy during this offseason as multiple media reports indicate that they have signed free agent OF/DH Carlos Beltran to a one-year $16 million contract.
ESPN’s Buster Olney was the first to break the news on Twitter.
Beltran will also have a no-trade clause.
The move comes after the Astros have already added free agent outfielder Josh Reddick and acquired catcher Brian McCann via trade already this offseason.
Beltran was a target for the Astros during the 2016 season, but the rival Texas Rangers acquired him from the Yankees on August 1st. Beltran had a strong season as his totals with the Yankees and Rangers was a .295 average with 29 homers and 93 RBIs.
This is a return for Houston for the 39-year old Beltran. He was acquired by the Astros on June 24th of 2004 from the Kansas City Royals to help invoke a spark in a team that was built for a postseason run, but was struggling to stay above .500 for most of the summer.
Beltran gave the Astros an extra boost of offense hitting 23 home runs with 53 RBI in 90 regular season games and helping them clinch the National League Wild Card and a berth in the postseason.
Despite a strong regular season, it was his postseason magnificence in 2004 that took his already high-profile stature among the game’s elite outfielders to another level. Beltran would tie Barry Bonds’ record for home runs in a single post season with eight homers in 12 games. Beltran hit .435 with 14 RBIs as he led the Astros to their first ever post season series win over Atlanta and a win away from the World Series as Houston fell in seven games to the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.
In the offseason Beltran, a free agent, turned down a contract offer of over $100 million from the Astros and chose to sign with the New York Mets for seven years and $119 million. In the years that followed, Beltran has been repeatedly booed at Minute Maid Park from Astros fans after choosing to sign elsewhere.
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