As expected, the 40-year-old will hang up his cleats after winning his first World Series ring. The switch-hitting Beltran compiled a .279/.350/.486 line with 435 homers and 312 stolen bases across 20 major-league seasons with seven different teams.
This would come into play if the Red Sox signed someone like J.D. Martinez, who would be better suited for DH, but if they sign a true first baseman like Eric Hosmer, Ramirez would get the bulk of his at-bats at DH. More important than where he plays is how he hits, as he is coming off a year where he was a below league average hitter (93 wRC+). Entering his age-34 season, it's risky to buy into a bounce back.
Martinez underwent heart surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat in mid-September, and will continue recovering over the next couple months. It's expected that he will be ready for the 2018 season, and should be fully healed by spring training.
As expected, Beltran will open Tuesday's game on the bench with no DH spot available in Dodger stadium. He'll be available off the bench as a pinch hitter, but seeing as the veteran is just 0-for-2 in the World Series so far, he likely won't be manager A.J. Hinch's first option.
Beltran has recorded one at-bat during each of the first two contests as a pinch hitter, and will once again remain out of the starting nine while Evan Gattis mans the DH position as the series begins in Houston. Throughout the 2017 playoffs, Beltran is just 3-for-19 at the plate, with a pair of doubles and one RBI.
Without the DH available at Dodger Stadium, Beltran will once again take a seat on the bench as the team faces Rich Hill for the second contest of the Fall Classic. Looking ahead, with right-hander Yu Darvish on the mound for Los Angeles in Game 3, Beltran may be back in the lineup Friday when the series heads to Houston.
Beltran will open Game 1 on the bench with no designated hitter available at Dodger Stadium. He likely won't start any games in Los Angeles, though he'll be available as a pinch hitter and could return to the starting nine when the Astros return home. Beltran is just 3-for-17 (.176) so far this postseason.
Beltran is just 3-for-17 (.176) so far in the postseason, so he'll open Saturday's decisive Game 7 on the bench as the Astros look to advance to their first World Series since 2005. In his place, Evan Gattis will serve as the designated hitter, batting sixth.
Beltran will head to the bench as the Astros face elimination against Luis Severino and the Yankees at Minute Maid Park. In his place, Evan Gattis will spend the contest in the DH spot, while batting eighth.
This is encouraging news, as it appears Ramirez's surprise shoulder surgery was a minor procedure. Shoulder issues plagued him all season -- resulting in a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him hit an unremarkable .242/.320/.429 with 23 homers in 133 games -- so the hope is that a fully healthy Ramirez will get back on track in 2018.