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Beltran to the Reds?

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- The New York Yankees are believed to be the favorite to sign former Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, but a new team has entered the picture for the free agent.

Beltran told a newspaper in his native Puerto Rico that Cincinnati has reached out to his agent, Dan Lozano. Beltran told the paper that he would prefer to remain in the National League.

So far, the Reds are the only National League team known to have expressed interest in signing Beltran.

Beltran was an all star right fielder in both of his two seasons with the Cardinals, but would likely have to move to left field if he signs with Cincinnati.

Beltran says he expects to make a decision on a new team by mid-December.

An American League team would seem to be a better fit for the 36 year old outfielder, who could serve as a designated hitter at times to rest his knees.

The Yankees, Tigers, Rangers, Orioles, Mariners and Red Sox have all expressed an interest in Beltran. The switch hitter posted a .296/.339/.491 slash line for the Cardinals last season.

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