When the Cardinals signed Carlos Beltran to a free agent contract after the 2011 season - largely replacing Albert Pujols in the lineup - they did so on a two year basis. GM John Mozeliak said the idea was to minimize the amount of risk the organization was assuming.
Well, two years later, it appears as if it might have been better to give Beltran more than just two years. He’s a free agent as of right now and is can sign with any team he chooses.
Beltran does say his immediate plans in the aftermath of their World Series loss to the Red Sox is quite simple.
”I’m just going to go home and rest. Sleep for a couple weeks. And wait for my agent to call me and figure out what the interest of teams are (this offseason),” Beltran said.
But does he want to return to St. Louis?
“They know. I made it clear that I would love to come back,” Beltran said. “We have to see what their plans are. I understand. I’m a veteran. I know that the organization makes decisions based on what makes sense for them so I won’t take anything personal if I don’t come back to St. Louis.”
The presence of Beltran could make things very crowded in the outfield. With Matt Adams needing more and more at-bats at 1st base that pushes Allen Craig into the outfield. Since Matt Holliday is signed for a few more years that makes the need for another corner outfielder less.
It will be a very interesting negotiation between the Cardinals and Beltran this offseason, that’s for sure.