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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

How Carlos Beltran found a home with Cardinals

Beltran began the 2011 season with the Mets and was traded to the Giants in July for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

“By trading for Beltran, the Giants have picked up their most prominent hitter since Barry Bonds,” declared the San Francisco Examiner.

Late in the season, Beltran switched agents, dropping Scott Boras and going with Dan Lozano, who also represented Albert Pujols.

Beltran’s final totals for the year were impressive: .300 batting average, 39 doubles, 22 home runs and 84 RBI. His on-base percentage was .385.

Granted free agency in October 2011, Beltran received offers from four American League clubs: Blue Jays, Indians, Rays and Red Sox, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

When Pujols, also a free agent, signed with the Angels, the Cardinals joined in the bidding for Beltran.

With Pujols gone and outfielder Allen Craig unavailable until May 2012 because of knee surgery, the Cardinals needed an established run producer. They envisioned Beltran joining an outfield with Matt Holliday in left and Jon Jay in center. Lance Berkman, who played right field in 2011, would shift to the first base spot vacated by Pujols.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: December 21, 2021 at 01:00 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: albert pujols, carlos beltran, st. louis cardinals

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   1. The Duke Posted: December 21, 2021 at 09:11 PM (#6058306)
It will be interesting to see how he fares in the HOF debates. I suspect the trash-can thing will be a footnote and he will glide in reasonably quickly.
   2. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 21, 2021 at 10:21 PM (#6058318)

I think he will eventually get in but it will take at least 5 years, maybe the full 10.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: December 21, 2021 at 11:35 PM (#6058322)
and to think some thought he gained a permanent slot in the home and hearts of Cardinals Nation by taking a called strike 3 to end NLCS Game 7 in 2006 in STL favor, en route to a Cardinals' World Series title.

   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 22, 2021 at 11:38 AM (#6058361)

I was also kind of hoping this article would go something like, "He reached out to his local agent at Coldwell Banker, and they told him that inventory was very low in the St. Louis area. But then they showed him a fixer-upper with a lot of character and potential..."
   5. Sleepy was just looking for porta potties Posted: December 25, 2021 at 01:22 AM (#6058625)
Nah, that was how Adam Wainwright gained a permanent slot in our hearts and minds. The next 15 years were gravy.

Anyway, in my mind, Beltran was part of that 2011 run. I know he wasn’t, but…

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