Free agent OF Carlos Beltran -- who is expected to sign before Christmas Day -- could be headed to the St. Louis Cardinals. According to Derrick Goold of STLToday.com, the Cardinals are the "leading candidate" to acquire the slugging switch-hitter.
Beltran hit 22 home runs in a season split between the New Yorks Mets and San Francisco Giants. After spending the majority of his early career with the Kansas City Royals, Beltran signed a massive, 7-year contract with the Mets, earning $19.3M in the 2011 season.
As a 35-year-old next year, Beltran figures to earn less than he did with the Mets, but given the strong interest in the center fielder, he could still earn over $10M annually.
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