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Red Sox, Yankees could make bids on Carlos Beltran

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Carlos Beltran #15 of the San Francisco Giants stands in the dugout during their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park on September 4, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The Giants have already made it known that they want to bring outfielder Carlos Beltran back for the 2012 season. But they’re going to have some stiff competition for the 34-year-old impending free agent.

Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York heard from sources on Thursday morning that the Yankees are planning to pursue Beltran this winter, and now Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Red Sox might also have serious interest.

Beltran posted an impressive .300/.385/.525 batting line with 22 home runs, 39 doubles and 84 RBI in 142 games this season between the Mets and Giants, all the while managing to stay mostly healthy.

Beltran is coming off a contract that paid him $18.5 million annually from 2008-2011. He’ll see a sharp dip in salary in his next deal, but having the Yanks and Sawx involved in talks can only help his bottom line.