NEW YORK – Carlos Beltran is coming back to New York, this time to the Bronx.
The All-Star outfielder and the Yankees agreed Friday to a $45 million, three-year contract, two people familiar with the deal said. Beltran’s agreement came on the same day second baseman Robinson Cano decided to leave for the Mariners and pitcher Hiroki Kuroda agreed to return to the Yankees.
Beltran’s deal was detailed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was subject to a physical and had not yet been announced.
Beltran, 36, is an eight-time All-Star who played for the New York Mets from 2005 to 2011, when he was dealt to San Francisco. He signed a $26 million, two-year contract with St. Louis before the 2012 season and reached the World Series for the first time this year.
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Slowed by knee injuries, Beltran hit .296 with 24 homers and drove in 84 runs for the Cardinals this year and added two homers and 15 RBI in the postseason.
Beltran joins a crowded Yankees outfield. Brett Gardner, ex-Mariner Ichiro and Alfonso Soriano are set to return, and Jacoby Ellsbury has a $153 million, seven-year deal pending.
Report: Granderson is going to Mets
NEW YORK – Curtis Granderson is heading across town, where the New York Mets hope his home-run swing won’t suffer at Citi Field.
The free-agent outfielder agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract with the Mets, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.
Granderson, 32, comes over from the Yankees and gives the Mets much-needed power in their punchless outfield. He batted .229 with seven homers and 15 RBI this year, when wrist and hand injuries limited him to 61 games. But he surpassed 40 homers in each of his previous two seasons in pinstripes.
The move marks general manager Sandy Alderson’s most expensive free-agent signing — by far — after three years of bargain shopping as the Mets rebuilt.
A three-time All-Star, Granderson provides proven thump from the left side of the plate to complement right-handed hitter David Wright in a lineup that managed a mere 130 home runs last season — tied for 25th among 30 major-league teams.
• Free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli, 32, is returning to the Boston Red Sox. He agreed on a two-year, $32 million contract.
Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI this year, his first season with the champion Red Sox. He left the Texas Rangers as a free agent after the 2012 season.