Beltran headed back to New York City
A day after free agents Rafael Furcal and Edward Mujica found new homes, Carlos Beltran returned to an old one. Several reports have already detailed Beltran’s return to New York — this time where he will wear pinstripes. Beltran said over the summer that he hoped to play at least three more seasons, and this new contract will cover that time. He will reportedly earn $45 million over the span of the three-year deal. That follows the two-year, $26-million deal he recently wrapped up in St. Louis.
It’s ironic, too, that Beltran signs with the Yankees immediately after they lost Robinson Cano (10 years/$240 million with the Mariners) in the same way he signed with the Cardinals soon after Albert Pujols (10 years/$240 million) left for Anaheim.
The Cardinals were never going to commit that much money or that many years to Beltran, even though the right fielder contributed well during his tenure with St. Louis. He hit .282 with 56 homers and 181 RBIs, and (most important to him) finally advanced to play in the World Series. Now his chase for a ring will be with the Yankees.
New York, of course, knows Beltran well. He spent nearly seven seasons with the Mets after signing the first free-agent deal of his career before the ’05 season.
Because the Cardinals made Beltran a qualifying offer, they have secured a compensation round pick in the June amateur Draft.The pick will fall between the first and second rounds of the Draft, though the exact selection number won’t be determined until after all players who declined qualifying offers sign. In signing Beltran, the Yankees have forfeited their first-round pick.
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