Tag:Carlos Beltran
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 9:05 pm

Cardinals making push for Beltran

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.

Category: MLB
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 12:23 pm

Cuddyer is perfect fit for Rockies

Michael Cuddyer, who has agreed to a $31.5-million, three-year deal with the Rockies, was the team’s top target this winter for obvious reasons. He is the righthanded hitter they seek. He is also the great clubhouse presence they love.

He is also similar in many ways to Michael Young, the one who got away.

The Rockies thought they had agreement before the 2011 season that would have sent Eric Young and another young (lower case) player to Texas for Michael Young. But when Michael Young told the Rangers he’d like to stay, the Rangers asked out of the deal, and the Rockies very nicely obliged with the stipulation that they’d have first crack at Young if he should go back onto the market.

Cuddyer, like Young, is a excellent righthanded hitter who’s versatile and great in the clubhouse. He isn’t quite as good a hitter as Young, but he fills the bill, nonetheless.

It also helps set the Rockies up for the rest of the winter. Cuddyer’s deal marks the end of Colorado’s pursuit of Carlos Beltran who is said to be talking to the Cardinals, Blue Jays and one other team.

They still seek a starting pitcher and have shown interest in Hiroki Kuroda and Joe Saunders. They also had made an early offer to Kevin Milwood.

Cuddyer, a longtime Twin, had received three-year offers from the Twins and Phillies and possibly also the Mariners.

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Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 9:10 pm

Rockies making a push for Beltran

By Jon Heyman

The Colorado Rockies, a surprise player for top free agents, are making a push for star outfielder Carlos Beltran. The Rockies would like to sign either Beltran or Michael Cuddyer for the outfield.

Colorado has competition for Cuddyer, who was offered $25 million over three years by the incumbent Twins. Minnesota is still hoping to re-sign Cuddyer.
Beltran's market has been something of a mystery, but it is believed Colorado would go two years to add him to the middle of their lineup, where he'd combine with Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.

Beltran's knee history is a concern to many teams, but he played without knee trouble last year whe he produced for both the Mets and Giants.

The Cardinals have been rumored to be another possible suitor for Beltran, who is still only 33.

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