Originally posted on Big League Stew  |  Last updated 12/22/11
They say a good way to help yourself get over a breakup is to date someone new. And the slugger St. Louis Cardinals fans will be seeing for the next two seasons is pretty hot. Rather than sulk over the loss of Albert Pujols, the Cardinals went out and bought outfielder Carlos Beltran, one of the best hitters on the free agent market. Derek Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch broke the news of Beltran and the Cards agreeing on a $26 million deal for two years with a full no-trade clause Thursday. Yahoo! Sports' own Tim Brown adds that Beltran, who is 34 years, chose the Cardinals over similar offers from the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. Beltran's reputation glistens: he hit .300/.385/.525 in 598 plate appearances with the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants in 2011, and has a career adjusted OPS of 121. GM John Mozeliak paying $13 million a season for that kind of production would be a bargain — especially in light of the $254 million over 10 years the Los Angeles Ang...
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