Found December 21, 2011 on Rays Index:
The Rays are said to be one of at least five teams that are bidding on free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. And Beltran’s decision could come this week. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Beltran is expected to make a decision this week as he is weighing several 2- and 3-year offers. Working in the Rays favor is Beltran’s desire to be close to his home in Puerto Rico. However, Buster Olney says that is not the biggest factor, and that the Rays will “almost certainly” be outbid by the other teams. Players always want to be close to home. But when it comes down to it, if you are not playing in your home town, it is still a plane ride away no matter where you are playing. And as Brown notes, Beltran and his surgically repaired knee are going to prefer a team that plays on grass. In other words, if you are hoping for six-time All-Star under your Festivus pole, prepare to be disappointed. Related posts:Rays May Be Favorites To Land Damon [CARLOS PENA] The Curious Case Of Carlos ...

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In his career, he was — among other things — an Astro, a Giant and a Met. He stood in the batter’s box representing the last shred of doubt as to where a hard-earned National League flag would fly. If he succeeded, his team would know life and a possible world championship. If he didn’t, there’d be a lasting image of triumph for somebody else and a lingering legacy of what...

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by Troy Nelson, Carlos Beltran has signed a free agent contract to play for the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Derrick Goold (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). The deal is reportedly worth two years and $26 million dollars. Beltran, 34, had received numerous offers from at least four other teams, including the Blue Jays, Indians, Rays, and Red Sox. The Giants sent their...

Beltran reportedly signs with Cards

An extremely familiar face on the other side of the diamond, Carlos Beltran is now finally going to be on the Cardinals' side.

Cleveland Indians have renewed their interest in free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran

The Indians are reportedly bidding against St. Louis and Toronto for Carlos Beltran's services.

Beltran reaches 2-year, $26M deal with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, fortifying the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.

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Carlos Beltran is one of the top free agents remaining (#4 among unsigned free agents on MLBTR's top 50 list). He hit .300/.385/.525 with 22 homers for the Mets and Giants this past season and won't cost a draft pick, so teams looking for a capable outfield bat have taken note. The 34-year-old switch-hitter won't come cheap, however. Here's the latest on Beltran...

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It was a short eight days ago, that I had an epiphany: the Indians should be waiting out the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. At age 35 coming off his best year in a while, there could be a concern giving him big money and a long term commitment. With Josh Willingham taken off the board by the Minnesota Twins, my rationale then as to why the Tribe and Beltran could work: if the years...

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