Sep 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) hits a one run sacrifice fly off of Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Milwaukee 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals extend qualifying offer to Carlos Beltran

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:

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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.

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