Oct 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (3) in the on deck circle against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of game three of the MLB baseball World Series at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Beltran seeking a three or four year contract offer?

Although the St. Louis Cardinals offered Carlos Beltran a one year, $14 million dollar qualifying offer, the team likely did it because they knew they’d probably lose their outfielder.

The 36, though, soon to be 37-year-old slugger is reportedly seeking a three to four year deal, something the Cardinals (nor any other National League team) will be willing to offer:

A week into the offseason, six teams have expressed varying degrees of interest in Beltran, a number that is likely to grow in a free-agent market that offers Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo as the big-ticket outfielders and then Beltran as the three- or four-year alternative. That’s right, according to sources, Beltran is no longer on the two-year plan he was after the 2011 season, though he remains adamant that he will go to a place where October baseball is most plentiful.

Such a contract would likely need to come from an American League team, where Beltran can alternate between the outfield and designated hitter position.

It’ll come at quite a cost for the team who does sign Beltran as he’s not only going to command a three or four year deal, as he wants, but it will also be lucrative and the team signing him will be forced to lose a draft pick as compensation to the Cardinals.

Quite the cost for an aging (though still talented) player who has a long history with nagging injuries.

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