Carlos Beltran free agency: One offer already on table for OF

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Beltran is expected to be coveted on the free agent market by teams looking for a short-term fix in the outfield.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says one team has already made an offer for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.

There figures to be no shortage of offers for Beltran this offseason, with the outfielder being an excellent short-term choice in the outfield. Many expect him to sign a two or three-year contract with an average annual value around $12-15 million.

The fact that Matheny has been kept in the loop on Beltran's free agency indicates that he is still keeping in contact with the Cardinals and is interested in a return to the team. St. Louis helped him get to the World Series for the first time in his 16-year career in 2013 and is expected to be a strong contender to return for the next several years.

Beltran spent the last two seasons in St. Louis after signing with the team as a free agent. Now 36, he hit .296/.339/.491 with 24 home runs in 2013.

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