Cardinals Sign 2-Year Deal with Beltran

by Matthew on December 22, 2011

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold reported early Thursday evening that the Cardinals and free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran have agreed to a two-year contract. No financial terms have been released yet.

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The 34-year-old batted .300 with a .910 OPS, 22 home runs and 84 RBI in 142 games this past year between the Mets and Giants.

He will join sluggers Lace Berkman, Matt Holliday and David Freese in the middle of a still-potent Cardinals batting order, that lost familiar face Albert Pujols who headed west to the Anaheim Angels via free agency last week.

Beltran will also help fill the void the Cardinals were facing in right field after it was announced that Allen Craig would miss around two months of the coming season following his November knee surgery.

Beltran will likely start the 2012 campaign as the Cardinals’ starting right fielder, but could slide over to center after Craig returns.

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