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Carlos Beltran Signs 2-Year $26 Million Contract with St. Louis Cardinals

Carlos Beltran Signs 2-Year $26 Million Contract with St. Louis Cardinals

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Carlos Beltran has signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals pending results of a physical. A source has said the deal is worth a guaranteed $26 million and contains total no-trade protection.

The 34-year-old from Puerto Rico is heading to St. Louis after a single season with both the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants. Prior to his time in San Fran, Beltran had been with the Mets since 2005.

The St. Louis team is the outfielder’s fifth MLB team since his debut in 1999 for which he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. The year prior, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals rookie-level team, the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

As of the end of the 2011 season, Beltran’s batting average is .283. His career home runs sit at 302, with 1,184 total runs under his belt. In 2008, the switch hitter scored his 1,000 run.

In the 142 games he played in the 2011 season, Beltran hit .300 with 22 homers and 84 runs batted in.

Since beginning his 14-year career, Beltran has used a portion of his salary to establish a foundation which he used to build a high school in Puerto Rico meant to provide a place for young athletes to get special athletic instruction along with their education.

Beltran has said that once he retires, he hopes to spend a lot of time at the school, which is located in a municipality of Florida, PR.