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Carlos Beltran expected to sign this week

Dec 21, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Carlos Beltran is expected to sign this week.  He apparently has multiple offers of between two and three years. Among the teams in play: the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rays, Cardinals and one other NL team.

Guess that one other team isn’t the Braves. Because that would be silly, what with them being able to really use him and everything.

I think Beltran is going to have a good year or two. I have a feeling it will be in St. Louis.

  1. phukyouk - Dec 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Craig,

    instead of “one other NL team” can you call it the Mystery team.. makes it so much better.

    • Gamera the Brave - Dec 21, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      Then the Mystery Team can be in the best shape of its life!
      Or, at least, the off-season…

  2. kylepinion - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Oh those Braves, I’ve thought all off-season that signing Beltran made the most sense, keep Prado around in a bench role to fill in for Beltran and Chipper. It’s not like the Braves have any good OF prospects on their way…they could then turn around and trade Jair for said outfield prospects that they don’t have.
    Makes too much sense…damn you Liberty Media.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    AA does not comment about talks with specific free agents. The Jays are mentioned with regard to Beltran because his agent is known to have visited Toronto. AA has also mentioned that the Jays could use a middle of the order bat. That having been said, I do not see the Jays offering more than 2 years with a team option for a third year.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      If I am AA, I don’t want to drop the coin Beltran would require to have him play LF. I would also not be keen on having a mid-30s OF coming off knee surgeries run around on artificial turf for half his games.

  4. rooney24 - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Come on, Cards. Get him signed. He would be a great fit, and certainly more useful than Schumacher. Could certainly play RF until Craig is healthy, and then gives some protection if either Jay or Craig struggle at all (or Holliday were to miss any time). Spend a little of the money you saved by not signing Pujols.

  5. stex52 - Dec 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Be careful, Cards! Give him a hard deadline. Negotiating in good faith is not a strong point with Carlos. Having said that, I think he is a good fit if you can sign him.

  6. spudchukar - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Boras knows the Cardinal management is in a bind and is probably trying to wrench every last dollar he can for Beltran. Let’s face it, there isn’t anybody else out there, and I am sure team Beltran is well aware of that. The Cards’ won’t part with any trading chips that do not already have no-trade contracts so their only option to fill the offensive gap left by the Pujols’ departure is Beltran.

    The key with me is getting him to play CF, on a part-time basis. Hopefully he will commit to giving it a try. Do not be surprised if it takes more than $25 mil to sign him. It may take numbers closer to $30 with a third year vesting option.

    • cintiphil - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:17 PM

      The Cardinals are not serious suitors for Beltran at the 25 Mil plus 3 years level. I don’t know where you get this stuff.

    • stex52 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:37 PM

      I get the impression Beltran’s phone line isn’t exactly burning up either. The Cards still have some awfully good hitting and an average outfielder along with getting Oswalt isn’t the worst thing that could happen. I think they are a better deal for him than he is for them.

      But you are right that he will sit tight for the absolute highest dollar. They just need to give him that deadline and be ready to walk away.

  7. leftywildcat - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Fielder will be signed somewheres before Beltran is.

    • stex52 - Dec 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      Based on his history, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  8. westcoastredbird - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    This would have a lot easier for the Cards if his agent wasn’t Dan Lozano. This would be a great fit for the Birds on the Bat for a couple of years so they can see what they got with AA 1B slugger Matt Adams and RF Allen Craig long term. Kolten Wong at 2B is not far behind.

  9. westcoastredbird - Dec 22, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Hey Spud! Do your homework. Beltran changed from Boras to Lozano about 6 weeks ago. Boras retaliated with the Muff Diving Video ( which is probably true) Pujol’s wife freaked out but the $254,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 made her feel better. We’re having an Albert Pujols Pinana night on the left coast on New Year’s Eve but we were having trouble on which jersey to put him and coming up with the 254,000,000+ dinero to pay him. We put him in both jerseys and find $254,000,000+ in funny money. I can’t wait for New Year’s!

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