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Beltran hopes to earn 1st Series ring with Yankees

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm •  Published: February 17, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltran is excited to play alongside Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees.

"I know he has a lot of championships, but I have none," Beltran said. "Hopefully I can win one."

Now 36 and still in search of his first World Series title, Beltran left the St. Louis Cardinals for a $45 million, three-year deal with the Yankees, his sixth major league team in 17 seasons.

Beltran hit .296 last season with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs, reaching the World Series for the first time. Now he's on a team that expects to be in the World Series every year.

"Of course we have to win," the eight-time All-Star outfielder said Monday after his first workout at the team's minor league complex. "I don't know how far we will go, but at least we have to do something positive, and better than what they did last year, no doubt about that."

After missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years, New York embarked on a spending spree of nearly half-a-billion dollars, adding four marquee free agents in Beltran, Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury.

"They went out and spent a lot money on players to try to improve the ballclub," Beltran said. "You want to be around an organization like that, where every year they're trying to improve, they're trying to get better."

Second baseman Robinson Cano — the Yankees' top hitter — did leave for a $240 million, 10-year deal with Seattle, while Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte both retired.

"I think we have a real good team," Beltran said. "I believe the lineup that we have, we have a pretty good lineup."

Beltran joined Brian Roberts, Kelly Johnson and Eduardo Nunez three days before the first full-squad workout. After batting practice, instead of taking fly balls, Beltran fielded grounders at second with Roberts, signed as Cano's replacement.

"I'm just trying to get to know the guys," Beltran said. "I was talking to Roberts a little bit there. He's a switch-hitter. I'm a switch-hitter. So, we were talking about, maybe, working together a little bit this year."

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