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Carlos Beltran being considered for Yankees’ managerial opening

Carlos Beltran with the Astros in the American League Championship Series.
Carlos Beltran with the Astros in the American League Championship Series. The Associated Press

There’s a chance that Carlos Beltran will return to Kauffman Stadium in 2018 — in a Yankees uniform.

Beltran, who retired after the Astros won the World Series, is interviewing for the Yankees’ vacant managerial job, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

Mike Mazzeo reported that Beltran will be the sixth candidate to interview for the job, joining Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, Hensley Meulens, Aaron Boone and Chris Woodward.

Beltran, who won the Rookie of the Year award with the Royals in 1999, played seven seasons in Kansas City and hit .287 with 123 home runs, 145 doubles, 45 triples, 516 RBIs and 164 stolen bases in 795 games.

After Houston won the World Series earlier this month, Beltran said he hoped to become a coach.

“My decision won’t be difficult at all after winning this ring,” Beltran said. “I will play maybe one more year or stay home. But at the end of the day, I want to stay in the game. I feel like I have a lot to contribute to the game of baseball and I am passionate about the game of baseball, so I want to be around.”

The Yankees fired Joe Girardi after the season, despite New York losing the American League Championship Series in seven games to Houston.

Beltran played for the Yankees from 2014-16, and was with the Mets from 2005-2011.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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