Beltran to get qualifying offer
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and general manager John Mozeliak met with the press at length this afternoon to discuss a number of topics. You’ll see plenty of content on cardinals.com later today hitting on all that was discussed. One bit of immediate news, however, to pass along…
Mozeliak confirmed that the Cardinals will make Carlos Beltran a qualifying offer — one year, $14.1 million contract — before today’s 4 pm CT deadline. Beltran has until next Monday to accept or reject that offer. The Cardinals anticipate Beltran will reject it and all indications are that he is looking for a multi-year deal. It does not sound as if the Cardinals are all that interested in pursuing a multi-year contract with Beltran given their internal options (Allen Craig, Oscar Taveras, Stephen Piscotty).
A few other quick items of note:
- The Cardinals hope to retain their full coaching staff. The only variable would be if other clubs come in to pursue current coaches
- Mozeliak said that over the next few days he will reach out to Chris Carpenter to discuss his future plans and whether there is a way to keep him in the organization in some capacity.
- The Cardinals plan to open 2014 with Trevor Rosenthal as their closer, despite Rosenthal’s wishes to be a starter. Carlos Martinez, on the other hand, will report to camp competing for a rotation spot.
Again, much, much more to come on cardinals.com
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