MLB Updates and Rumors: St. Louis Cardinals Wants Carlos Beltran Back and Acquire Justin Turner in Free Agency
It seems like the St Louis Cardinals are looking into expanding their team. Reports are saying that they are in the process of acquiring Carlos Beltran and Justin Turner.
The Texas Ranger Outfielder played for the Cardinals from 2011 to 2013 and news are saying that the Cardinals wants him back.
While playing for the Cardinals, he was the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award and was the fourth Cardinals player to win it, including Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith, and Lou Brock.
Beltran was just recently traded to the Rangers in Aug 2016 after having played for the Yankees from 2014 to 2016. He hit his first home run for Texas on August 3 against Baltimore, also scoring his 1,500th run on the play.
But, why will the Cardinals want a veteran back instead of getting a younger player? According to RedBird Rants, even if Beltran is now in his 40s, his performance in the 2016 season clearly showed that he can still play great games.
Beltran batted .295/.337/.471 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI. He split time during the 2016 season between the New York Yankees (99 games) and the Texas Rangers (52 games).
Aside from Beltran, the Cardinals are also looking into Justin Turner. It can be remembered that the third baseman declined a one-year qualifying offer worth $17.2 million from the Dodgers together with closer Kenley Jansen.
Many are expecting that both players are worth triple and are waiting for a team to offer them such.
This is where the Cardinals are coming in. The Cardinals have been one of the successful teams in MLB. Although they missed the playoffs in 2016, they are now looking to improve their team this offseason.
Fansided noted that Turner totaled a .275 batting average, 27 home runs, 90 RBIs, and played in a career-high 151 games last season.
The Cardinals third baseman Johnny Peralta had a tough season after battling injury and acquiring Turner would make sense for the team.
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