Fri. Dec 6, 2013 | STATS
News: Two people familiar with the negotiations say outfielder Carlos Beltran and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $45 million, three-year contract. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday night because the agreement was subject to a physical and had not yet been announced. The deal was first reported by the New York Daily News.
Impact: Beltran, 36, is an eight-time All-Star who played in New York for the Mets from 2005-11, when he was dealt to San Francisco. He signed a $26 million, two-year contract with St. Louis before the 2012 season and reached the World Series for the first time this year. He joins a crowded Yankees outfield, with holdovers Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, and newcomer Jacoby Ellsbury, whose $153 million, seven-year deal is pending.
Fri. Dec 6, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Beltran agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees on Friday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Beltran drew interest from the Mariners and Royals, but with Robinson Cano signing with Seattle, the Yankees did not wait around. He will be 37 years old early in the 2014 season, but he still is a solid veteran bat who is a switch-hitter. He hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI with the Cardinals last season. With a crowd of veterans in the outfield, there may be some re-shuffling to accommodate Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Alfonso Soriano in the batting order.
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Beltran had face-to-face meetings with the Royals on Tuesday that could lead to the club reacquiring the slugger, the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: With the Yankees reportedly signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Royals and the Mariners appear to be the frontrunners to sign the veteran Beltran. Beltran is reportedly asking for a three-year deal, which the Royals are willing to accept. The Mariners have reportedly offered Beltran a three-year deal for $48 million.
John Axford - #34 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 199lbs
Tue. Dec 3, 2013 | STATS
News: The St. Louis Cardinals chose not to offer a 2014 contract to Axford, making the former closer a free agent.
Impact: Axford was a combined 7-7 with a 4.45 ERA for Milwaukee and St. Louis last season, but he was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA after the Cardinals acquired him in a late-August trade. He made six appearances in the postseason and allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out nine.
John Axford - #34 - Pitcher - 6'5" - 199lbs
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Axford may seek a late-inning role but won't necessarily be able to find one. He was a solid closer for the Brewers in 2010 and 2011, before falling apart in 2012. He did pitch well for the Cardinals (1.74 ERA over 10.1) towards the end of 2013, after joining the team in a late-season trade.
Tue. Nov 26, 2013 | RotoWire
News: The Reds are among the teams interested in Beltran, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The Reds appear to be an underdog to land Beltran's services, both because of the teams interested in him (including the Yankees) and because of his desire for a three or four-year deal.
Jhonny Peralta - #27 - Short Stop - 6'2" - 215lbs
Sun. Nov 24, 2013 | STATS
News: A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Peralta and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed on a four-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because there was no official announcement. The two-time All-Star needed to pass a physical to complete the contract.
Impact: The 31-year-old Peralta was suspended 50 games last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal. He returned to the Detroit Tigers at the end of the season, but he became expendable because the team had traded for young shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Peter Bourjos - #25 - Center Field - 6'1" - 185lbs
Fri. Nov 22, 2013 | STATS
News: The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Bourjos from the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player deal.
Impact: The 26-year-old Bourjos is a career .251 hitter with speed, stealing 41 bases in 54 attempts. The 22-year-old Grichuk was an Angels first-round draft pick in 2009 and starred at Double-A Arkansas last season.
Chris Carpenter - #29 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 230lbs
Wed. Nov 20, 2013 | STATS
News: The Cardinals announced Wednesday that pitcher Chris Carpenter has retired. The 38-year-old right-hander missed all of this season with a recurring nerve issue in his shoulder.
Impact: Carpenter, 38, was 95-44 for the Cardinals over nine seasons, three of which were mostly lost to injuries as he experienced a recurring nerve-related condition in his pitching arm. He was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2005, when he went 21-5.