The St. Louis Cardinals have a handful of pressing roster moves to make this offseason, one of which was the status of impending free agent Carlos Beltran.
Beltran’s list of potential suitors should read like a novel, though, the Cardinals did their part in attempting to keep him in St. Louis as they extended him a qualifying offer this afternoon:
The deal is worth $14.6 million dollars over one year, but more than that, forces any team that signs Beltran to part with a draft pick which the Cardinals will in return receive.
Many teams have balked at the idea of giving up a draft pick (in addition to a hefty contract) to sign a free agent, so the Cardinals are hoping the qualifying offer will either get them another year of Beltran’s services without locking themselves into a long term deal or will prevent some teams from making advances towards Beltran.
All in all, it was a no-brainer move for the Cardinals who have nothing to lose.