Carlos Beltran agrees to two-year deal with St. Louis Cardinals
Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $26-million contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup after the departure of Albert Pujols.
Beltran, 34, batted .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants this year. He will probably be the opening-day right fielder for the Cardinals next season. Lance Berkman is expected to move to first base, taking Pujols' spot.
Earlier this month, St. Louis re-signed shortstop Rafael Furcal to a two-year, $14 million contract and added left-handed reliever J.C. Romero with a one-year, $750,000 deal. The Cardinals appear to need only a few spare parts to finalize the roster.
Beltran began his career with the Kansas City Royals in 1998. He has a .283 career batting average with 302 home runs and 1,146 RBIs.
"Beltran is a proven outfielder who obviously has been a tough opponent against the Cardinals for many years," Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak said. "It is going to be nice to have his bat and competitive nature working for us instead of on the other side of the field for the next couple of years."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Carlos Beltran with the Giants last season. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press.