Owner: Astros will get financial parameters soon

Updated: November 5, 2004, 2:26 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros free agent center fielder Carlos Beltran is seeking a 10-year contract, his agent told a television station on Thursday.

Carlos Beltran
Center Field
Houston Astros
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R SB AVG
159 38 104 121 42 .267

"All of the fundamental aspects about the desire of him to stay in Houston and to look at Houston as a serious contender for his services I think are there," Scott Boras said in an interview with KRIV.

Boras said Beltran is also interested in a couple of other teams, but he did not name them. He declined to discuss salary figures.

"He is going to just go through the process, talk to those teams, and we are going to evaluate the ability of the club to have a winning environment every year, and certainly the economics of it."

Astros owner Drayton McLane told the station that the team will not receive the financial parameters from Boras until next week and won't respond until then.

Beltran hit .435 in the postseason with a league record-tying eight homers, 14 RBI and 21 runs scored in 12 games. He came to the Astros in a midseason trade from Kansas City, and has few ties to the Houston area.

Only a handful of teams will be able to afford the 27-year-old All-Star's soaring price tag -- the New York Yankees likely chief among his suitors. The Chicago Cubs were also said to be interested.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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