The Yankees should at least inquire if the Cardinals would be willing to move Beltran’s $13 million 2013 salary.
The Yankees will have a need for outfielders this winter, as Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki are headed for free agency. Suzuki could return, but Swisher isn’t expected back, leaving a large hole in right field.
Sherman hasn’t heard that the Cardinals will make Beltran available this winter. However, he thinks St. Louis could potentially be interested in trading high on Beltran before he gives way to another knee injury.
Sherman thinks the Yankees could offer the Cardinals a package in the neighborhood of Joba Chamberlain and second baseman David Adams while also picking up a majority of Beltran’s remaining contract. He then says New York could use the veteran slugger in the outfield while saving his knees by giving him starts at designated hitter.