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Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:06 am
 
Carlos BeltranBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Carlos Beltran will likely pick his new team before Christmas, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes, noting the Cardinals are one of five teams still in contention for the switch-hitting outfielder.

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Goold writes that Beltran has "varied offers from five different teams," according to a source. The Cardinals could certainly use him in right field, the spot Lance Berkman has vacated to take over for Albert Pujols at first base. The Cardinals are also without Allen Craig, who has undergone knee surgery this winter.

Yahoo's Tim Brown wrote the Blue Jays, Red Sox and "perhaps" the Rays are interested in Beltran, while Goold notes there's another National League team in the bidding. Brown reports the 34-year-old Beltran is getting offers of two years and three years.

Beltran, a three-time Gold Glove winner, is known to want to continue to play in the field, as opposed to DH, which could give the Cardinals an advantage over the American League teams.

Goold notes the Cardinals are still interested in 32-year-old outfielder Coco Crisp, who unlike Beltran can still play center field.

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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

The writer of this blog made a silly-ass statement that the Cardinals might have a leg up so to speak over AL teams because Beltran wants to play in the field and not DH. The Red Sox are involved and they need a rightfielder, and already have a full-time DH in David Ortiz.  The Cardinals may have a leg up, but it isn't for that reason.  The reason could be he would prefer to hit in St. Louis instead of Boston and he has become accustomed to National League pitchers, and doesn't want to relearn American League hurlers. Of course I have become accustomed to sports-writers making silly-ass comments.



Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

Are you kidding me?? Lind, Thames & Drabek for Garza? So basically, we should trade Roy Halladay and Lind for Garza? That's dumb. Thank god you arent running the Jays. Garza is a middling pitcher at best. Gonzalez is allright. Drabek has potential to be awesome. Lind is a great player. Na. Snider & Thames for Garza...that makes sense.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:49 am
 

Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

I dunno man, career 280 hitter with his best years behind him, doesn't steal bases anymore, and averages 23 hr a year (including his very good years way back in 2006 which schews this higher than reality). A 280 hitter with 20 dingers and no stolen bases tells me he is average now. I would agree with you if this was 2006. Unfortunately in 2012 he will be average, if he stays healthy.


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:46 am
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Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:45 am
 

Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

The Jays chasing Beltran doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Don't get me wrong, I do think he's still a productive player, and would be best suited to join an AL team so the option of DHing in his 2nd and/or 3rd year would increase his value. However, the Jays' interest only makes sense as a precursory move to a trade for another starting pitcher. In order for the Jays to acquire Beltran, it's almost a given that at least 1, if not several of Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion, Eric Thames, Travis Snider will be dealt, and likely it will include an arm or two. 

If the Jays were to present a package including Lind, Thames, & Kyle Drabek, would that entice the Cubs for Garza? Or the A's for Gonzalez? At this point, I'm willing to bet that AA has more balls in the air than he knows what to do with.

And for all those Jays' fans out there that are disappointed with the Darvish outcome, don't be. Yeah I wanted him in a Jays' uniform too, but you can't throw all your eggs in one basket, and it sounds like the front office made a very competitive bid. That's the nature of the posting system, and personally, I think it's a little bittersweet that they missed on Yu. The team will ultimately be better off for it (I think?).  



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:43 am
 

Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

I hope the Blue Jays pass on Fielder and Beltran. I would rather spend the money on pitching. Let some guys from the farm fill in and make some moves next year for a big free agent. Josh Hamilton?


hootyeek
Since: Dec 21, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:40 am
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:31 am
 

Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

Bluejays! Stay away from Beltran. Next year I am predicting a 260/15/65 year for him, if he stays healthy. Last year he was playing for a contract, do not get suckered Jays! He is like Vernon Wells. Mediocre


Sorry man but Beltran is a very good player. He is not mediocre. The only worry with him and it is a big worry is injury. His numbers when healthy have been very good and he is a very good glove. I personally do think you are right though about staying away from him just for a different reason. I would not want someone with his injury history on the artificial turf. That being said I am not sure I would want the Sox to grab him either unless it is for the right price which I dont see happening. Like I said though, when he is healthy he is far from mediocre.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 21, 2011 11:24 am
 

Beltran expected to pick between 5 teams soon

Bluejays! Stay away from Beltran. Next year I am predicting a 260/15/65 year for him, if he stays healthy. Last year he was playing for a contract, do not get suckered Jays! He is like Vernon Wells. Mediocre.


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