New York Mets' Carlos Beltran leaves the dugout after losing a baseball game 6-2 against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) By Frank Franklin II
(BaseballStL) -- To be able to get a player like Carlos Beltran on just a 2-year deal is a very good get for the Cardinals. Anything longer than two years would not have been wise given his age and recent injury history. But if you look at what Beltran has done since coming back from the knee injury his 2011 numbers fell right in line with what he's done just about his entire career...minus stealing bases. Beltran's OPS was over .900 last year and he hit 22 home runs. The Cardinals would be thrilled to have him duplicate that.
Beltran is a perfect fit to start in right field while Allen Craig recovers from his own injury and he's a good compliment to Jon Jay in center. The thing I'm most interested to see is how new manager Mike Matheny uses him once everyone is back healthy. Beltran is not the same defender he once was and probably isn't considered an everyday CF at this point. However, if reports are true that he's receiving $26 million over the 2-year deal...that's everyday money. You don't have someone spot start for that kind of cash.
So will there be a 3-man rotation among Beltran, Craig and Jay for 2 outfield spots? Will Beltran overtake Jon Jay as the primary CF?
That's hard to say right now, but at the very least the Cards just added to the depth and competition in their lineup with someone who, historically, is an elite talent offensively.