Originally written on i70baseball  |  Last updated 11/9/14
One of the biggest decisions the St. Louis Cardinals will have to make during the offseason is whether or not to sign right fielder Carlos Beltran to a new contract, but don’t expect a deal to get done anytime soon, if at all. Beltran completed his second season in St. Louis in 2013 and helped lead the Cardinals deep into the playoffs both years, hitting .283 with 56 homeruns and 181 runs batted in during his 296 games played. The Cardinals had signed him to a two-year, $26-million contract before the beginning of the 2012 season, and Beltran admirably provided value and a stable force for the Cardinals in right field after first baseman Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that same offseason. Beltran was also a huge contributor for the Cardinals during the playoffs, which has been a hallmark of his throughout his career. Beltran torched the Cardinals in the 2004 National League Championship Series by hitting .417, four homeruns and five RBIs in the seven-ga...
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