Free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has agreed to a contract with the World Series champion Cardinals, according to a published report out of St. Louis.
The deal is reportedly for two years, worth 26 million, and includes a no-trade clause.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the deal just before 5 p.m. on Thursday. The paper reported that Beltran selected the Cardinals offer the Indians and Blue jays. The Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays were also said to be in the mix for the switch-hitter.
Beltran, who will turn 35 in April split the 2011 campaign between New York and San Francisco, appearing in 142 games. He hit .300 with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs.
Beltran was acquired by the Giants in a trade deadline deal that cost San Francisco top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
He appeared in 44 games but spent two weeks on the DL during August with a strained right hand and wrist after checking a swing against Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt.
The Giants selected Wheeler with the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft. The right-hander was 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts for San Francisco's high Class-A affiliate in San Jose.
His acquisition helps offset the loss of slugger Albert Pujols, who left St. Louis for a 10-year, 254-million deal with the Angels.
PHOENIX — A few weeks ago, Nick Hundley said he preferred not to talk about his future until the end of the season. We’re close enough, so after hitting the go-ahead homer Monday night, Hundley was again asked about his 2018 plans. He smiled.
“How many have we got left? Five?” he said. “Ask me Sunday.”
It’s not just the media and fans seeking an answer from the popular backup who has nine homers. The Giants hope to get some feel from Hundley as they finalize offseason plans, and manager Bruce Bochy said he would talk to the veteran this week. Bochy left no doubt about what he hopes will happen.
“I think he knows what we think of him,” he said.
Hundley, a 34-year-old who came over in the offseason, has been one of the few overachievers this season. He has 32 extra-base hits in 274 at-bats, taking advantage of increased time with Brandon Belt done for the year and Buster Posey sliding over to first base. Hundley is one of the lineup’s more potent right-handed options, and he has earned praise from the starting staff. Johnny Cueto said Hundley helped him navigate a post-clinch Diamondbacks lineup that was essentially pulled straight out of Triple-A.
Cueto did so with ease, striking out eight in six innings. He evened his record at 8-8, and he’ll have a chance to clinch a winning season on Sunday. Bochy said Cueto will start the final game of the season, and he confirmed that Matt Cain will start either Friday or Saturday. Asked for more details, the manager kept it just as mysterious as his catcher.
“I’ll let you know tomorrow,” he said.
After batting fourth on Sunday in Los Angeles, Hunter Pence is back in the leadoff spot in the series opener against Arizona.
Additionally, Denard Span, Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker return after sitting against Clayton Kershaw.
San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Denard Span (L) CF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
7. Jarrett Parker (L) LF
8. Nick Hundley (R) C
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P
1. Gregor Blanco (L) LF
2. Kristopher Negron (R) SS
3. Brandon Drury (R) 2B
4. Christian Walker (R) 1B
5. Rey Fuentes (L) CF
6. Adam Rosales (R) 3B
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (L) RF
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Zack Godley (R) P