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Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 8:18 pm

By Matt Snyder

The St. Louis Cardinals and free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran have agreed to a two-year contract worth $26 million, both Jon Heyman and Scott Miller of have confirmed. The deal also includes a full no-trade clause. The news of this deal was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The World Series champion Cardinals found out a few weeks ago that long-time face of the franchise Albert Pujols was headed to the Angels via free agency. Also, that same week, news broke that outfielder Allen Craig -- who was slotted to move to right field as Lance Berkman moved to first base to replace Pujols -- had surgery and will miss around two months of the 2012 season. So the Cardinals were left with a glaring hole in their lineup. Beltran easily fills that void.

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Beltran, 34, is a switch-hitter and had a big bounce-back season in 2011. He hit .300/.385/.525 with 35 doubles and 22 home runs, making his sixth All-Star Game. He battled injuries in 2009 and 2010, but -- aside from a down year back in 2005 -- Beltran has been extremely productive with the bat whenever he's in the lineup, sporting a career .857 OPS.

Beltran will now join a still-potent Cardinals batting order. Yes, losing Pujols hurts, as he's only the best player in baseball, but here's how the lineup could look for the 2012 Cardinals:

1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Lance Berkman, 1B
5. Carlos Beltran, RF
6. David Freese, 3B
7. Yadier Molina, C
8. Skip Schumaker or Daniel Descalso, 2B

With a healthy Adam Wainwright re-joining the starting rotation and the bullpen in better shape than it was when the 2011 season began, don't underestimate the Pujols-less Cardinals. 

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Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 4:08 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Nice move by the Cards. I was hoping he would come east to the Red Sox. Bummer! Cards get a good player to offset some of the loss of Pujols.

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 3:18 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Like it or not there is No way of filling the Void that Pujols left.
I think Beltran will have a good season but I dont see him putting up huge numbers.
I say 270 AVG and 90 RBI and a few SBs. But just can replace Pujols.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:36 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

I told Cardinal fans that Pujols leaving will be a blessing. Now they have a really good player at half the cost per year and 1/5 of the term.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 2:10 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Thats' a lot of mazooma for a 34 year-old player, even Beltran. No-trade clause included. Wow!!  better there than on Mets mwhoa re rebuilding anyway.  Good luck Carlos!!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:01 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

$13 million a year is pretty good for a 34 year old that has missed about 200 games over the last 3 seasons. 

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:15 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Can't believe Sabean couldn't counter with something close to 13 mill a year, considering that's what the Giants are paying Rowand to play for the Nats. Ohhhhh and then there is Zito's recurring 18 million a year for nothing.   

Since: Dec 23, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:44 am
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Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:32 am

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

I think this is a great move for the Cards. Beltran has a nice year last year. He can fill in RF with Berkman moving to first base. The Cardinals can't replace Pujols, no one can, but Beltran-Holliday-Berkman with Furcal at the top of the order gives them a decent offensive club. With no Fielder and maybe no Braun for 50 games, the Brewers are weaker. The Reds should make a comeback this year, but think in the long run,  they gave up too much for Latos. The Cards consistently win because they are a well run team. They gave up no players to get Beltran, and you can argue about the money, but if Carlos averages 25 hr and 85 rbi the next two years--which is very possible--the Cards will have made a good spend, and may have a division title or two to show for it.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:30 am

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Nice move by the Cards! Should give them plenty of punch and if he can just get us through until Craig gets back then they can continue on with the outfield rotating Holliday, Jay, Craig, Beltran. Not to mention some young talent that they have coming up through the minors. His 2 year contract doesn't tie  us up like Alberts would have and the money is still here to make moves 'as needed' throughout the season. Pujols will always be one of my favorite players of all time but I think the Cardinals have worked this offseason wonderfully. I think the weak link in the line up is Furcal. Good defense but his avg. needs to improve if he's going to stay in the leadoff position. GO CARDS!

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:28 am

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

The two year NO TRADE clause may come back to haunt them. 
Really?  The TWO YEAR no trade clause is going to haunt them?  Don't know who you root for, but a two year blunder rarely, if ever, haunts a team.

Ask any manager in the NL Central if they would rather face Beltran or the best player in baseball.
Obviously, but if we would have signed Pujols we would have had a 10 YEAR NO TRADE CLAUSE, which I think would have haunted the Cardinals much more than the 2 year deal of Beltran.  I'm going to miss Pujols, but the Cardinals get two years of Beltran for what one year of Pujols cost, AND if the relationship doesn't work out after 2013, then we can cut ties with Beltran.  

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