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Red Sox could make a play for Cardinals OF Beltran

Nevermind the Yankees. 

According to a Comcast Sports report, it may be the Red Sox that offer the Cardinals the most competition for the services of slugging outfielder Carlos Beltran.

The Red Sox are concerned that the bidding on centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury might exceed what they're willing to pay. And if that happens, Boston could look to Beltran to fill the hole in its outfield.

David Ortiz has the designated hitter spot locked down in Boston. So the idea of Beltran switching to the American League to save his knees doesn't necessarily make sense. However Beltran could move from right field to left field in Boston where he could limit his running because of the short field in front of the Green Monster.

A smart, though no longer particularly fleet player at this stage of his career, Beltran might make the most of playing the caroms off the wall. And I think the Red Sox are a lot better bet to win the World Series in 2014 than New York, which is still a goal that Beltran would like to accomplish before he retires.

Shane Victorio, who played right field last season for the Red Sox, could move back to center where he played with the Phillies should Ellsbury leave.