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AL Teams Offered Beltran Career-Extending DH Role

Carlos Beltran, who eventually signed with the Cardinals, had a number of American League suitors as a free agent.

The Indians, Blue Jays and Red Sox all offered Beltran the designated-hitter role as a way to prolong his contract or career.

"I want to play in the field at this stage of my career," Beltran said. "I feel I can still make a difference in the field. If you're having a tough day offensively, you can go out and play good defense and still change the game. If you're a DH, there's nothing you can do with a tough day."

Via St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Indians Called Yankees About Swisher

The Indians are one of several clubs that have called the Yankees about outfielder Nick Swisher, according to a report by FOX Sports.

New York, however, isn't likely to trade Swisher, who will make $10.25 million next season.

FOX Sports reports that the Yankees don't have a "major-league ready outfield prospect" at this time.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Beltran Turned Down 'Aggressive' Offer From Indians

Despite an "aggressive offer" from the Indians, free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran chose the Cardinals on Thursday.

Beltran received a two-year, $26 million deal from St. Louis.

A source said the Indians made "an aggressive" two-year offer to the switch-hitting Beltran. The money was "very close" to what the Cardinals gave Beltran, but he preferred St. Louis.

Cleveland tried to acquire Beltran from the Mets at midseason, but he was dealt to San Francisco.

Via Cleveland Plain Dealer

Indians Sign LaRoche To Minor League Deal

The Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with versatile free-agent infielder Andy LaRoche and invited him to spring training.

He'll have a chance to win the club's utility infield job.

Via Associated Press

Indians In Talks With Cameron, LaRoche

The Indians are in talks with free-agent outfielder Mike Cameron and free-agent infielder Andy LaRoche.

Both players would be signed to Minor League deals that include non-roster invites to attend spring training with the team.

Via MLBlogs.com

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