Carlos Beltran has signed a one-year deal with the Houston Astros for $16 million.
The deal includes a full no-trade clause, according to Buster Olney.
The Yankees reportedly kicked tires on Beltran but never made him a formal offer, according to Mark Feinsand.
Beltran would have been my first choice at DH, but seeing the Yankees did not make a formal offer, they obviously felt different. There is a chance that the Yankees want a player who has some ability to play in the field versus a straight up DH, which Beltran is at this point in his career.
The Yankees are in need of a bat with power from the left side, so with that mindset, I would move on to Brandon Moss, who can play some at first base and the corner outfield positions if absolutely needed. Moss' left-handed swing could be very potent in Yankee Stadium. He is also a short-term solution, which fits best in my opinion.
I'm still apprehensive where it concerns Edwin Encarnacion because of the anticipate long-term commitment along with the cost which could climb to the $100 million mark. In my view, the Yankees are not in a position to sign a win-now player like Encarnacion and when they might be there, he will likely be in the beginning stages of his decline.