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Carlos Beltran Signs 2-Year Deal With St. Louis Cardinals, According To Report

According to a report from Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch, free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has agreed to terms with the St. Louis Cardinals on a two-year contract. St. Louis emerged as a major contender for Beltran's services this week, though the club was cautious given the veteran's recent injury problems.

The Cardinals and Beltan’s agent, Dan Lozano, were able to finalize a deal Thursday evening. Beltran missed significant playing time in 2009 and 2010 as he recovered from knee surgeries, and the Cardinals wanted to understand more about his health before completing the deal. The Cardinals intensified their pursuit of the switch-hitter this week.

Beltran hit .300/.385/.525 with 22 home runs and 84 RBI last season, and if he can come close to duplicating that effort in St. Louis, it'll go a long way toward easing the transition into the post-Albert Pujols era.

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