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Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:32 am
Edited on: December 14, 2011 7:00 am
 

The market for Carlos Beltran is heating up, with at least five clubs and possibly more seriously talking with the free agent outfielder. Among them, according to sources: The Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and, as CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported earlier Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies.

At least two other unidentified clubs are said to be engaged in talks with Beltran, with most of the clubs talking multi-year deals.

The Blue Jays' emergence as one of the clubs is noteworthy in that Toronto is in rebuilding mode and general manager Alex Anthopoulos has made several moves this offseason already, notably acquiring outfielder Ben Francisco from the Phillies, closer Sergio Santos from the White Sox and catcher Jeff Mathis from the Angels. The Jays are set with Colby Rasmus in center field and slugger Jose Bautista, who finished third in this year's AL MVP voting, in right field.

Colorado has been surprisingly aggressive in the free agent market this winter and made a hard run at Michael Cuddyer, who late Tuesday night appeared to be closing in on ex-Twin status with Minnesota close to a deal with Josh Willingham. Willingham's deal, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Joe Christensen, is reported to be worth three years and $21 million. While the Rockies also talked with Willingham, multiple sources say that both Cuddyer and Beltran ranked higher on Colorado's wish list than him.

Beltran, 34, makes sense for the Cardinals, who are reeling in the aftermath of losing three-time MVP Albert Pujols to the Los Angeles Angels last week. Most likely, Lance Berkman will move to the infield and play first base for the Cardinals and, given their current scenario, Allen Craig and Matt Holliday would play the corner outfield spots and Jon Jay would play center field.

In that arrangement, however, the Cardinals wouldn't have much depth and the middle of their lineup might be thin.

Beltran batted .300 with 22 homers, 84 RBI and a .385 on-base percentage in 142 games last summer for the Mets and Giants. He has had serious knee issues in his past but came back in 2011 to produce an All-Star season.

It is not yet clear which other clubs are in on Beltran. The Giants earlier this winter all but declared themselves out of the running because they expect to cap their payroll at $130 million in 2012. General manager Brian Sabean talked like they would stay in touch with Beltran but would not extend a large offer.

Comments

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

 really like what Toronto has accomplished in dealing away older players like Marcum, Wells, and Rios in order to rebuild the team around younger talent. Acquiring Beltran would be taking a few steps back into the Blue Jays of 08'-2010


As long as it's a short deal it's fine. I see Beltran as a bridge type player. If the Jays want to win NEXT year they will need another bat.  



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

That isn't true at all. Check out the MLB or Baseball America rankings.


And BTW, check the rankings, both have the Jays system in the top 5.  



Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 8:30 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

That isn't true at all. Check out the MLB or Baseball America rankings. The Jays may have a lot of depth in their system now but the only top 50 prospect they have is Travis d'Arnaud. Hechevaria is ranked #8 in their system as a whole. The Yankees have like three or four players in the the top 50 prospects. What I'm saying is that they don't have anyone of the same caliber as Parker and you need those top prospects to deal for players like Gio Gonzalez. If the Jays traded d'Arnaud and McGuire for Gonzalez their system would be pretty much decimated and they wouldn't have any good prospects higher than A ball. That isn't good. Think before you speak.


This is the most uninformed post I've read in a while. I guess last year never happened? Jays system is LOADED. Hutch, Asher, Noah, Gose, Deck, Nicolino, Sanchez.....


BTW, I wouldn't trade D'Arnaud straight up for Gio. Most overrated pitcher in the game right now. He'd get SLAUGHTERED in the AL East pitching in a hitters park.     



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

The Cards should make the move and be done with it. We need the Bat.....



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:58 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

That isn't true at all. Check out the MLB or Baseball America rankings. The Jays may have a lot of depth in their system now but the only top 50 prospect they have is Travis d'Arnaud. Hechevaria is ranked #8 in their system as a whole. The Yankees have like three or four players in the the top 50 prospects. What I'm saying is that they don't have anyone of the same caliber as Parker and you need those top prospects to deal for players like Gio Gonzalez. If the Jays traded d'Arnaud and McGuire for Gonzalez their system would be pretty much decimated and they wouldn't have any good prospects higher than A ball. That isn't good. Think before you speak.



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:05 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

Sounds like another american slandering a country cause it isn't their country. You sir, are ignorant. AA is the top executive over the past two seasons, no question. Getting rid of the loaded contracts that Ricardi was throwing out there was not easy, and those cancerous contracts were ruining the options of the GM to rebuild. Remove those grevous errors by someone who never should have had the job in the first place, and look what we have now. Top 5 Minor League system, a guy who gets screwed in the MVP voting, becuase it is a bunch of americans voting and he is in Canada, one of the best offensive teams in the american league, and a starting rotation that by 2013 will have 2-3 cy young candidates. All without spending 220 million a year. Get educated please, and then make sensible posts. 



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:44 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

I really like what Toronto has accomplished in dealing away older players like Marcum, Wells, and Rios in order to rebuild the team around younger talent. Acquiring Beltran would be taking a few steps back into the Blue Jays of 08'-2010.



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

I can't believe that you actually said the Jays don't have anyone in their system equivalent to what Arizona sent to Oakland for Trevor Cahill. I am not sure where you have been but Toronto has one of the best minor league systems in all of baseball at present. They have as much high end talent as anybody. Their minor league teams won more championships than any other organizations this past season and they have 5 picks in the 1st and supplemental rounds of the upcoming mlb draft to further restock their minor league system. Toronto does have the prospects to trade for any player they choose if they decide to move those prospects. Players you mentioned plus Hechavarria, Alvarez, Gose, Cooper, Perez, Syndergard, Marisnick and Hutchinson are all highly thought of prospects. Oh, and by the way Lind was very good at first base seeing he had not played there in years and when healthy is a very good hitter. His contract is not very big. Check it out before you spew!



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

Blue Jays aren't "rebuilding"...they went from an 85 win team to an 81 win team...they are mediocre and content to be mediocre because they won't do what is necessary to push them over the top.

They are just really good at selling the BS to the dumbest fan base in North America.
Mediocre? What does that make the 16 or 17 teams that had less wins than them? with a 60 million dollay payroll, as compared to the Sox spending 160...there was a difference of nine wins between them. When your team is young, and you develop your players, trade veterans for young players..you are REBUILDING. Let's see anyone else turn sh*t into gold like AA.

God knows what he has up his sleeve, if somehow someway they are on Beltran, someone is getting dealt...  What I have learned from this GM, deals lead up to other deals. (see Taylor, Wallace,Jackson).


Another idiot who thinks money is the cure for all things in sports. We tried that already, Burnett, BJ Ryan, Wells,Rios, Frank Thomas..it didn't work, so on to plan B...which is working so far. I'd rather have a stocked farm system then a bunch of overpaid, underachieving veterans. 



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

@RedWingsRule

Lick my hairy sack!


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