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Red Sox Reportedly Talking Beltran Swap With Yankees

BOSTON (CBS) -- With a need in the outfield, the Boston Red Sox are reportedly chatting with their biggest enemy ahead of Monday' MLB trade deadline.

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, Boston is one of four teams showing interest in acquiring New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran before Monday's 4 p.m. deadline.

The 39-year-old Beltran has been New York's best offensive player this season, hitting .304 with 22 homers and 64 RBIs -- all tops on the team. He clubbed a two-run homer Sunday afternoon in New York's 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Beltran has played right field for the Yankees the last two seasons, but if Dave Dombrowski were to pay New York's reportedly steep asking price for the veteran, he would likely take over the starting job in left field for Brock Holt. But Dombrowski may find the price tag is too high for a rental, with Beltran set to become a free agent at the end of the season and both Blake Swihart and Chris Young working their way back from injuries.

Red Sox-Yankees trades are rare, but they do happen. The last time the two rivals made a swap was in 2014 when Boston sent shortstop Stephen Drew to the Yankees.

UPDATE: The Rangers appear to be the suitors for Beltran.

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