CSN Chicago is reporting that the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox got much closer to a deal on Wednesday.
According to CSN Chicago's David Kaplan:
"Baseball sources have confirmed to me this afternoon that significant progress has been made in the negotiations between the Cubs and the Boston Red Sox and a deal to allow the Cubs to finalize the hiring of Theo Epstein could be announced fairly soon if baseball commissioner Bud Selig allows a major announcement on an off day during the World Series."
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.