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Entering the 2013 campaign, it’s been largely assumed that
this would be the final season outfielder Carlos Beltran will spend with the
St. Louis Cardinals. However, Bernie Miklasz of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
doesn’t believe this is as automatic as some assume, as he thinks there is the
potential for Beltran to return with the Cardinals next season.
There are a lot of factors pointing toward a potential
parting of ways between Beltran and the Cardinals. The team already faces a logjam
of players, and Beltran’s lack of versatility can hamper St. Louis’ ability to
get at-bats for young players such as Matt Adams.
This logjam is only going to increase, as Adams, Allen
Craig, John Jay, Matt Holliday and Beltran will soon be joined by top outfield
prospect Oscar Taveras. The only way that the team could conceivably get enough
at-bats for everyone mentioned above is for Taveras to play center, something
general manager John Mozeliak believes is a possibility, at least early in his
career. But is that ideal?
Beltran is also in the final year of his contract, and
assuming his production keeps up in some form, he doesn’t profile as a cheap
veteran – ala Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay, Jason Giambi or Travis Hafner. Though he’ll
turn 37 next April, Beltran is still comparable – if not better – than Torii
Hunter and Ichiro Suzuki, a pair of veterans who signed multi-year deals this
While it’s not a clear fit, Miklasz believes there’s still a
chance that Beltran returns to the Cardinals. It will be interesting to see if
he can keep up his production over the full season, and if he opts for an
American League team that can afford the more frequent opportunity to man the
role of designated hitter.
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