Since making his major-league debut in September of 1998 for the Kansas City Royals, Carlos Beltran has been employed by four different teams. It appears that he's going to add a fifth to the list soon.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Beltran is expected to make his decision this week. Five teams are said to be after him, the paper reports, including the St. Louis Cardinals. Once the Cards lost the Albert Pujols sweepstakes to the Los Angeles Angels, the team began to put more effort toward finding an outfielder with some offensive oomph, the Post-Dispatch notes.
Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown has it that other teams that are trying to sign the 34-year-old switch-hitting outfielder include the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays. Meanwhile, ESPN reports that the Cleveland Indians have also joined the hunt.
Beltran, who has two- and three-year offers on the table, according to the Post-Dispatch, hit .300 with 22 homers and 84 RBIs in 142 games for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants this past season.