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MLB Rumor Central: Astros still interested in Carlos Beltran

Despite already acquiring power hitters in Josh Reddick and Brian McCann, the Astros still want Carlos Beltran on their roster. Dan Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports

Yes, the Houston Astros may have already acquired seven-time All Star catcher Brian McCann and free agent outfielder Josh Reddick, but they don't plan on stopping there in acquiring some more power at the plate. According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, the Astros still want free agent Carlos Beltran and they believe they can make it work with McCann and Reddick with enough at-bats to go around.

The Astros needed to improve at what they were getting from the catcher slot, and trading for McCann was the ticket, who has hit at least 20 home runs for nine consecutive seasons with a respectable career slash line of .266/.340/.459, writes Jim Bowden. Reddick was also a solid acquirement from the Astros, which they were able to get done early because they were the only team that offered him the fourth year of the contract, Bowden continues.

"Reddick has won only one Gold Glove award, but is still an above average defender with a shut-down arm, is a good makeup player in the clubhouse and he destroys right-handed pitching," writes Bowden.

Still, with the addition of McCann and Reddick, the Astros are insistent on pursuing Beltran, who last acted as a DH for the Texas Rangers before hitting the free agency market. Beltran posted a .295 batting average last season with 29 home runs and 93 RBIs.

However, snagging Beltran will be no walk in the park, considering both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have expressed interest as well.

Buster Olney writes the McCann and Reddick deals "open up the strong possibility they [Yankees] will bring back Carlos Beltran to be their DH in 2017, after trading him away last season."

-- Courtney Schellin