Carlos Beltrán will be flying high with the St. Louis Cardinals next season…
The 34-year-old Puerto Rican slugger has signed a two-year contract with the reigning World Series champions, pending the results of a physical, according to team sources.
A formal announcement on the deal, which the Associated Press reports is worth $26 million over two years, is expected after the holidays.
The move to add Beltrán would bolster the team’s lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols, who recently signed a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
“Beltrán is a proven outfielder who obviously has been a tough opponent against the Cardinals for many years,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement. “It is going to be nice to have his bat and competitive nature working for us instead of on the other side of the field for the next couple of years.”
Beltrán batted .300 with 22 home runs, 84 RBIs and a .385 on-base percentage for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants this year. He likely will be the opening-day right fielder for the Cardinals next season. Lance Berkman is expected to move to first base, taking Pujols’ spot.
A six-time All-Star, Beltrán began his career with the Kansas City Royals in 1998, three years after the team drafted him in the second round. The switch-hitter has a .283 career batting average with 302 home runs and 1,146 RBIs.