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Carlos Beltran Rumors: Beltran Will Sign This Week, According To Report

Carlos Beltran, the St. Louis Cardinals' top remaining free agent target, is expected to choose a team sometime this week, according to a report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold. The ex-New York Met, who was traded to the San Francisco Giants at the 2011 trading deadline, is reportedly down to four teams, with the Cardinals fighting with the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays for his services.

With the departure of Albert Pujols, it is expected that Lance Berkman will move to first base, opening up a spot in right field. It's also possible that the Cardinals may try Beltran in center field, where they also are unsettled, though Beltran is thought of as a corner outfielder at this point in his career.

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