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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 CBSSports.com 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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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

From a Cubs fan - you guys got a helluva lineup there. That's a very nice middle of the order.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

What a relief. Was terrified Cards would sign Fielder. The Fat Prince of Milwaukee will never wear a Cardinals uniform. St. Louis jerseys aren't made in size 6X, and the brims on the hats aren't flat.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

NOW WERE LOOKING GOOD AGAIN. This is what we needed when albert left us. 25 Home Runs and 100 Rbi's will fit nicely. We have better Starting pitching and our Pen has been upgraded.



Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Slam dunk great move if not for health.  Still a good move.  Now more pitching...



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Rollins is 33. Beltran and Furcal are 34.



Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

OK this helps, IF he can stay healthy. But do we need another again veteran, Furcal, Berkman,  OR should we have gone after a much younger Jimmy Rollins? I am not impressed with the Cardinals offseason moves so far.  While I want Cardinals to make smart moves they need to show fans that they are willing to spend the money to "try" to replace Albert. So far not so much but I will wait and see.....



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Beltran signs two-year deal with Cardinals

Nice to see the Giants were trying to keep Beltran.  Here the whole time I have been thinking that the Giants couldn't sign Beltran because he wanted a long term deal...


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