Word is, things are heating up in talks between the Cardinals and star free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.
The Indians are in play, as well, but St. Louis appears to be more likely. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post_Dispatch said Thursday morning the Cardinals may be the leading team.
St. Louis is seeking an offensive boost after losing megastar Albert Pujols, and they view Beltran as the best, most cost-efficient option available. They have said they won't play for Prince Fielder.
Five teams were identified as in the mix for Beltra by Scott Miller of CBSSports.com: the Blue Jays, Indians, Red Sox and Rays. However, Boston seems more focused on pitching, ad the level of interest of the other three teams is less certain. The Indians are probably more likely to wind up with a first baseman to fill their needs, one of Carlos Pena, Casey Kotchman or Derrek Lee.
The Cardinals could move Lance Berkman to first base if they sign Beltran, so he'd work for St. Louis.
The Cardinals are believed to have made atwo-year offer for at least $8 million a year at one point, but Beltra was believed looking for three years.