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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: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:20 am

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

All I can say is THANK GOD the Red Sox didn't get duped into signing another overrated, injury prone OFer .. with this guys balky knees, $26 mill over 2 years is laughable.    Now the Sox can go after pitching, which is what they need anyway.  Whew .. dodged a bullet for sure here.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:37 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

only two years is huge for the Cards. they dont take that much risk and $13 mil a yr is way cheaper than $25 or $30 mil.  great move. lineup should be solid even with it aging. 

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 11:03 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

THis gives the Cards some depth and some pop in the lineup, great pickup.  and it also leaves money on the table to possibly make some room for a midseason moves.  The only thing i dont know about when Craig comes back who will play Center.  I assume Beltran will take most of the starts when Berkmans at first but with Craig, Holliday, and Beltran in the outfield that could spell some trouble.  I havent seen if Beltran can still go out and get like he used to.  Do they attempt to try Craig at second anytime soon and let Jay play center. 

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:54 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Johnny Mo keeps getting it done.  The cards are lucky to have him as a gm.  A great move.  The cards lineup looks very potent.

Now the cards have two ex cards killers in their lineup berkman and beltran.  It's a great day for st louis cardinals baseball again!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:38 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

How is Jimmy Rollins that much younger? He is 33. Furcal 34 and Beltran is 34, 35 starting next season. He is not being brought it to be a 160 game player. We have enough depth in the outfield to have him get 500 at bats and still be relatively fresh in October. This is a good deal to bring some extra pop into the lineup to help replace all that the cards lost with Albert. I think the two year deal is wise and by the time Beltran leaves Oscar Tavers will be ready to man a spot in the outfield. 1B then can be between allen craig and matt adams. With Wainwright coming back I see our post Albert years starting off as well as it could. Go cards. 12 in 12. :-)

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:23 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

As always the Cards make a smart move adding a big bat and another switch hitter to a revamped Pujols-less lineup.  They have age & injury concerns and the middle IF is no sure bet, but the Cards will be in the running.  Funny off season when Beltran at a 2yr/$26 mill isn`t a Red Sawx or Yankee, so much for JD Drew finding a home.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:18 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Nicely done, Jonny Mo. Great signing; would still love to see one more hitter signed in case of injuries, they always crop up at some point in the season. It will be a relief to see Carlos Beltran in a Cardinals uniform after all those dingers he has hit against us! Go Cards!

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:17 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Be lucky to get 200 games out of him.  Of course if he stays healthy, Holliday bounces back, Berkman stays health and keeps hitting their lineup might not be too bad.  Of course that is a lot of ifs.  Then again, I wrote them off when Wainwright went down so what the heck do I know?  Five years ago a 3-4-5 of Beltran, Holliday, Berkman would have been the most feared in baseball (or at least darn close) so who knows?  If Furcal and those three can find the fountain of youth for a season the Cards might fly high again in 2012.  Great fans so you have to hope they are at least competitive.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:04 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

The addition of Beltran is huge in that the Cards can continue to try to contend before they have to start a rebuild at some point in the next 4 years. He's no Pujols, but he also doesn't cripple the payroll for the next decade either, and gives the Cards a competitive lineup. If Wainwright can return to form, this is a playoff contending team for sure. 

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:59 pm

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Is it just me or is that way too much money for a guy who can't run?

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