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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: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:34 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

Hey DVS go back to playing hockey



Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:31 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

The Jays are "building" by drafting and trading for talented players that are close in age and under team control for a number of years. These players are here with the hope that their best years are to come and the push will be made when they are close.  The Jays are attaining pitchers that can command the strike zone and win in the AL East. Alex Anthopolous has never whined about playing in the East, but has refused to throw money at FA's just to hit the highest win total for his own sake. I can't see Toronto having any interest in Beltran, but Paul Beeston did not come back to finish 3rd or 4th. I think Fielder and Darvish are in play, but they have to have the pitching first. I think there will be major surprises in the coming months.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:18 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

It actually could make some sense for the Cardinals. Play him everyday while Craig is getting healthy and then they can mix it up depending on opposing pitching and health issues throughout the season. I just don't know about the money and length of contract though????



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:06 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

You must be in that "DUMBEST FAN BASE"  cause you have no idea what your talking about.  Everyone knows this team won't be competing until 2014.  Alex Anthopolus has built one of the best farm system in TWO years, got rid of one of worst contracts in baseball i.e. Vernon Wells, and trade for what seems to be a  potential future MVP candidate in Brett Lawrie for Shawn Marcum.  The Beltran talk is all smoke and mirrors.

Sounds like your one of those arrogant redneck Americans that runs his mouth before thinking about what he's saying.

Such a Dumb-ass post d57fan, go back to the Justin Bieber forums.



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:37 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

As a Blue Jays fan i dont want Fielder or Beltran. Save the money and load the pitching staff.



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:10 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

Jays fans are just impossible to reason with. Think, Jays fans! You aren't trading Adam Lind and Travis Snider for Gio Gonzalez. The Diamondbacks just sent Jarrod Parker - their 2nd best prospect and 17th overall in baseball - as well as TWO others to the A's for Trevor Cahill. The Jays dont have anyone of that caliber in their system. You aren't getting an All-Star pitcher under club control for four years unless you are trading Travis d'Arnaud, Deck McGuire, Drabek type players, not a terrible, expensive 1B who can't play 1B and is decliing offensivley and a 23 yo prospect who has shown he can't hit MLB picthing for more than a month at a time. Noboy thinks that Travis Snider will be a good major leage player anymore except for you. Why would you trade all of your prospects for a guy who will leave in four years? The Yankees have a bunch of high-end prospects and they need pitching so it wouldn't surprise me if they went after him. Rant. Done.



Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:58 am
 

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. 



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:45 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

hey MLB teams. WAKE UP!!!!!!! This guy is worth no more then 3 mil a year. He will be lucky to play 120 games. 



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:31 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

Beltran makes no sense, agreed. If they are serious about making a push in the east then going hard for Prince (follow in his dad's footsteps) and another starter like Gio would be the way to go. Beltran would be a waste.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:21 am
 

Rockies, Cards, Jays among those in on Beltran

doesnt make sense for the Jays unless their are bigger moves to follow, like packaging Sinder AND Thames,Lind and prospects for Gio Gonzalez and Andrew Bailey and then signing Prince, or trading the same package for Votto.  Beltran, Rasmus, Bautista would be a nice outfield though, but only if bigger moves were to come, makes no sense otherwise.


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