BOSTON -- Neither Carlos Beltran nor John Mozeliak came out and said that the right fielder's run in St. Louis is over.
But they didn't need to. As much as Beltran enjoyed his two years wearing the Birds on the Bat, and as much as he provided the Cardinals on and off the field, they know.
The Cardinals no longer need Beltran like they did when Albert Pujols departed. They appear set in right field with Allen Craig moving off first base to make room for Matt Adams. Also, despite a disappointing 2013, the club still believes top prospect Oscar Taveras will be roaming Busch Stadium's outfield sooner than later. And Beltran certainly isn't ready to move into a fourth-outfielder's role or play for a backup's salary. Why should he?
After the Cardinals packed up for the season as the Red Sox celebrated a championship Wednesday night, Beltran and Mozeliak understandably danced around the questions about a possible return. Still, you didn't have to read between very many...