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Here is the latest, and relevant Hot Stove buzz which has circulated around MLB over the last day or so:
The Cardinals continue to have strong interest in Carlos Beltran, although St. Louis could wait to see what happens with the Prince Fielder market.
The Reds acquired Mat Latos from the Padres for Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal, and Yonder Alonso yesterday.
The Twins are considering signing Jeff Francis, Joel Pineiro, and possibly Jon Garland for their rotation.
The winning bid for Japanese RHP Yu Darvish will likely exceed the $51.1 million the Red Sox bid for RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Michael Baron: San Diego got a huge haul for Latos, and so I have to wonder how that plays for Sandy Alderson in his efforts to deal Jon Niese. At this stage, Niese’s value is probably not as high as Latos’ but I bet Sandy’s leverage got a little stronger in terms of what kind of package he might be able to command in return for Niese (assuming he intends to deal him).
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The Cardinals did extensive background work on free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran last week and maintain strong interest in him, according to major league sources.
Other teams remain in the mix, however, and Beltran is weighing a variety of two- and even three-year options, sources say.
A three-year deal might seem like a stretch for Beltran, who is 34 and had injury-marred seasons...
Goodbye Albert. Hello Carlos?
The world champion St. Louis Cardinals, still reeling from the loss of one of the most prolific offensive forces in the team’s storied history, are getting closer to signing another player who can handle the bat pretty well — Carlos Beltran.
And while nobody is going to mistake Beltran for Albert Pujols anytime soon, signing the 34-year old free...
Former Met Carlos Beltran is receiving interest from several teams including the Red Sox, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Rays.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Beltran is being extensively looked at by the Cardinals as an offensive alternative. With Albert Pujols now in Anahiem, the Cards are looking at everyone in order to replenish their offense. If the Cardinals pickup...
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With options dropping from the board it’s starting to look like Carlos Beltran to the St. Louis Cardinals could be a legitimate possibility. Tweets coming from major outlet beat writers and one major St. Louis writer suggest things could happen soon.
@JoeStrauss: For those wondering: Cards may be realizing traction w/Beltran.
It’s no surprise when you consider the other options...
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...
The Rockies got Michael Cuddyer today, which fills their corner outfield gap and could be good news for the Cardinals.
Colorado had been one of five teams with some interest in all-star outfielder Carlos Beltran, but with Cuddyer now in the fold, they're out; leaving the Blue Jays, Cardinals and two mystery teams on the list of interested teams.
ESPN's Buster Olney said...
After a long hiatus from post-season baseball to the TLR retirement to Pujols departure, the Monday Ramblin’s are back. It’s only fitting the laziest column we do left without warning…
Carlos Beltran. Lots of smart Cardinals fans are hot and bothered by this one. But my philosophy on injuries is pretty simple: if you’ve had a bunch of time on the DL, you’re going to have...
Like others during the holiday season, the children of Redleg Nation have their hopes for the New Year – and wish lists.
It’s not that we’re ungrateful. We appreciate that Uncle Walt has already delivered a wonderful holiday present, The Boy with the Baseball Tattoo. That 6’6″ gift is wrapped with a bright Reds ribbon on top. We wait anxiously to open it on Saturday...
Looks like the St. Louis Cardinals aren’t putting all their eggs in the Carlos Beltran basket. Multiple reports today say the Cards have held discussions with free agent Coco Crisp. There’s no deal imminent as it is simply what the reports said, discussions.
@HensonYahoo: The Cardinals are in discussions to sign Coco Crisp to play CF and bat at the top of the order. Jon Jay...