Beltran rejects Cardinals’ qualifying offer

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Carlos Beltran headed into the offseason open to a return to St. Louis but also clear in his desire to sign a multi-year deal. It came, then, as no surprise that Beltran turned down the Cardinals’ one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer on Monday.

The Cardinals were prepared for Beltran to reject the offer, knowing that at 36 years old, Beltran would prioritize the length of his next contract. His positioning as one of the most attractive free-agent outfielders on the market this winter sets him up to receive such interest from other clubs, too.

Beltran’s decision does, however, net the Cardinals an extra Draft selection between the first and second rounds. That ensures the Cardinals of two of the top 44 picks in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, though the placement of those picks will invariably slide up as other teams lose selections when signing players who declined qualifying offers.

As Beltran continues his pursuit of another multi-year deal, the Cardinals appear ready to bow out of the bidding. General manager John Mozeliak said a week ago that the Cardinals’ depth at the right field position does not necessitate that the club invests long-term in someone else to play the position.

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3 Comments

Not really a surprise, but I sure would hate to see him in Left Field for the Red Sox.

Wait and don’t panic would be my advice.Work quietly for a SS,not Tulo ( too much )
Freese had a poor year,but I’m not down on him as much as others.That said,if the
right deal or package was put together,who knows.Replacing J.J.in CF is right behind getting a SS.This may prove hader than we may think.Please don’t say
Elsbury,Mo ain’t paying his price…………..A.J. Polock?

With their typical cautious, low spending approach, next year may be a bit disappointing as rookies like Wong, Taveras, Martinez, Wacha etc take a while to mature; they will probably not get as far again with Dodgers likely to spend big time to plug gaps and players like Yadi, Craig and Matt C. cannot be expected to have quite a s good years next time. Too bad they did not keep Miller sharp to assist in WS and put them through, but unless Wainwright shows himself a big game pitcher in playoffs like D. Carpenter was, they will be a while getting over the top.

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