(BaseballStL) -- Carlos Beltran wasted no time filing for free agency. His agent filed the paperwork with the Major League Baseball office on Thursday morning, just hours after the Cardinals loss in Game 6 to the Boston Red Sox.
Chris Carpenter, Jake Westbrook, Edward Mujica and Rafael Furcal are also free agents. None of them are expected to be back with the Cardinals. Beltran could be a different case. He's been an All Star in both of his seasons with the Cardinals, and led the team in RBI's in the postseason. But Beltran is 36 years old now, and slowing down as an outfielder. It seems likely his future will be with an American League team where Beltran can be used as a designated hitter. The Cardinals also have outfielder Oscar Taveras in the minor leagues who figures to be on the major league roster in 2014.
"They know that I made it clear I would love to come back," Beltran said after Game 6 in Boston. "But we have to see what is in their plans. I understand. I'm a veteran, and the organization will make a decision based on what makes sense for them. I won't take anything personally if I don't come back to St. Louis."
The free agency period begins next week, and it's possible Beltran could make a quick decision and soon be an ex-Cardinal. For now, he says he needs a little down time after the stress of the World Series.
"Right now I'm just going to go home, rest, sleep for a couple of weeks. Wait for my agent to call me and figure out what is the interest in the teams out there," said Beltran.
Beltran has said in the past that he'd like to play for the New York Yankees someday. He would give the Yankees a potent bat in their lineup, and no doubt enjoy the cozy rightfield dimensions of Yankee Stadium.