Beltran, Cardinals Reach Agreement For 2 Years

Beltran, Cardinals Reach Agreement For 2 Years
Sports


Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team’s lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.

The team disclosed the agreement Thursday night and said it expects to make a formal announcement shortly after the holidays.

The $26 million deal includes a full no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

The 34-year-old Beltran batted .300 with 22 home runs, 84 RBIs and a .385 on-base percentage for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants this pastyear. He likely will be the Opening Day right fielder for the Cardinals next season. Lance Berkman is expected to move to first base, taking Pujols’ spot.

Beltran and Berkman are switch-hitters, giving new manager Mike Matheny lineup flexibility.

Earlier this month, St. Louis re-signed shortstop Rafael Furcal to a two-year, $14 million contract and added left-handed reliever J.C. Romero with a one-year, $750,000 deal. The Cardinals appear to need only a few spare parts to finalize the roster.

After Pujols signed a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said he expected his team’s payroll to perhaps exceed this year’s total of $110 million.

Allen Craig, coming off an impressive postseason, gives the Cardinals another strong option in the outfield but will miss at least the first month of the season while recovering from knee surgery.

A six-time All-Star, Beltran began his career with the cross-state Royals in 1998, three years after Kansas City drafted him in the second round. The switch-hitter has a .283 career batting average with 302 home runs and 1,146 RBIs.

“Beltran is a proven outfielder who obviously has been a tough opponent against the Cardinals for many years,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “It is going to be nice to have his bat and competitive nature working for us instead of on the other side of the field for the next couple of years.”

Beltran faced the Cardinals in a pair of NL championship series, in 2004 with Houston and 2006 with the Mets. St. Louis won both series despite several big hits by Beltran.

With a chance to put the Mets in the World Series, however, he struck out looking to end Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright.

The $26 million deal includes a full no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

The 34-year-old Beltran batted .300 with 22 home runs, 84 RBIs and a .385 on-base percentage for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants this pastyear. He likely will be the Opening Day right fielder for the Cardinals next season. Lance Berkman is expected to move to first base, taking Pujols’ spot.

Beltran and Berkman are switch-hitters, giving new manager Mike Matheny lineup flexibility.

Earlier this month, St. Louis re-signed shortstop Rafael Furcal to a two-year, $14 million contract and added left-handed reliever J.C. Romero with a one-year, $750,000 deal. The Cardinals appear to need only a few spare parts to finalize the roster.

After Pujols signed a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said he expected his team’s payroll to perhaps exceed this year’s total of $110 million.

Allen Craig, coming off an impressive postseason, gives the Cardinals another strong option in the outfield but will miss at least the first month of the season while recovering from knee surgery.

A six-time All-Star, Beltran began his career with the cross-state Royals in 1998, three years after Kansas City drafted him in the second round. The switch-hitter has a .283 career batting average with 302 home runs and 1,146 RBIs.

“Beltran is a proven outfielder who obviously has been a tough opponent against the Cardinals for many years,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “It is going to be nice to have his bat and competitive nature working for us instead of on the other side of the field for the next couple of years.”

Beltran faced the Cardinals in a pair of NL championship series, in 2004 with Houston and 2006 with the Mets. St. Louis won both series despite several big hits by Beltran.

With a chance to put the Mets in the World Series, however, he struck out looking to end Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright.

 

Jerry Crasnick | ESPN

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Preston Waters

Preston Waters is a thinker. He's not your traditional philosophical persona, however, as he leaves no topic untouched. Covering all the bases, from business to women, Preston Waters is the ultimate man's man for Gen-Y.

More In Sports

Sports Joseph Milord

48 Subtle Reasons Every True American Should Love Baseball

Baseball has been back in full swing for just over a month now and, because of it, life just seems to have gotten so much better. The wait that occurs between the October you can’t script and the first day of pitchers and catchers is one that is not only filled with anxiety, but teases […]

Sports Josephine Minnow

10 Reasons Why I Wish Charles Barkley Was My Father

Growing up, many of us wish for different parents. It doesn’t matter who you are or who your parents are, most of us thought about who we wished our parents were back in the day. Most people wished for a friend’s parents or a teacher or parent from a TV show. Danny Tanner, Cliff and Clair […]

Also On Elite

Sports

Bubble Soccer May Just Be The Greatest Sport Ever Created (Video)

Are you looking for a new sport to test your wit, strength and coordination like nothing you’ve ever tried before? Are you tired of soccer and want to upgrade? Are you socially awkward and want to be confined to a plastic bubble? Look no further, we have the sport for you! Bubble soccer is here. […]

Humor

It’s Not What It Looks Like! Live Action Bubble Porn Is Finally Here (Video)

Much like every other weird porn trend, “bubble porn” has its origins in Japan and has slowly but surely worked its way into the world’s collective conscious. When I was first exposed to the phenomenon, it was described as “Mormon porn,” but the concept is the same no matter what you call it. While this […]

Humor

This Relentless Bug Goes Harder In The Gym Than You Do (Video)

I have a lot of respect for this bug. Working out is never easy. I don’t know what exercise he’s doing or what muscles bugs have for that matter, but I assume that he’s doing a good job. He has the look of a bug that cares about his physical appearance and who is willing […]