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Carlos Beltran Signing: Outfielder Expected To Bat 2nd In St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

According to Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis GM John Mozeliak indicated on Friday afternoon that newly acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran probably will bat second in the lineup. Miklasz later clarified that this wasn't Mozeliak's decision, but rather that Mozeliak was relaying the information from a conversation with new manager Mike Matheny. Over at Harball Talk, Craig Calcaterra makes an educated guess at the makeup of the top two-thirds of the lineup in 2012.

1. Furcal
2. Beltran
3. Holliday
4. Berkman
5. Freese
6. Molina

That's quite a bit of power two-through-four; Beltran, Holliday and Berkman each hit 20+ home runs and slugged well over .500 in 2011.

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