Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; National League outfielder Carlos Beltran (3) of the St. Louis Cardinals warms up before the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Carlos Beltran wants to play 3 more seasons

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he hopes to play for 3 more seasons.

I can’t blame him. He has revitalized his career in St. Louis in the same way that Lance Berkman did. The only difference is that Berkman missed most of his second Cardinal season while Beltran made the All-Star team for 8th time of his career.

As of the break, Beltran has a career batting average of .283 with 2,166 career hits and 353 career home runs. With regards to switch hitters, Beltran is in 5th place. There’s no doubt that the Hall of Fame is in his future. It’s a matter of what those final stats look like.

Beltran told Derrick Goold:

“This is my 15th (season). If I could do (three more), that would be a good career for me. Now that I have heard a lot about (the Hall of Fame) I do think about it, and let’s hope I can stay healthy for the remaining three, maybe three, four years.

“If I can stay healthy and play in the game to the level I’m playing right now, who knows, man?…I could be close.”

Right now, it’s not a matter of if he appears in his 16th season but where those appearances will be. With the pending arrival of Oscar Taveras slated to take place in the spring of 2014, there’s just not a suitable place for Beltran on the Cardinals roster. Everyone knew this was coming and Beltran probably had an idea, too, especially after Taveras had a breakout season in 2012 at Springfield.

Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz looks at what the Cardinals have done and what to expect in the second half.

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  • Riley

    The Cardinals would be very lucky to have Carlos Beltran on their team barring injury for 3 more years.

  • Javier Martinez

    At soon Beltran go we will see Craig, Holliday, Fresee ofense go down by number when CB is in the line up all those players have huge numbers and CB hitting in the second spot our leadoff hitters including jay and carp the avg is over 300 and when he was hitting 4 or 5 his Rbi s are way above his avg, so u let walk a proved player and a player that make the team better inside and outside the park or u go with 2 rokiees and throw Craig in the outfield and get hurt, so far Adams have do nothing when Holli went down and on deffense he is not good so MO have a hard choice to make. Also our team is going thru a bad rally and fans are not helping at all and when fans do not step up for the team we will see a lot of blown calls from umpires cause at the end they are going to say cards lost because they are pathetic but reality is we lost the last game because the ump blown call the offense wake up and Waino was battling against the pirates the umpires and their own fans is ashame that we the fans create all this mojo and our team is playing vs a goods team and us ashame. We have 62 wins not because the other teams are bad is because we are good, every team go thru slump and our job as fan is to make them know we are truly fans and is just a slump but Marheny and the team is very dissapoint about the fans and is not all the fans cause 90% of the fan are there but those bad apples can make a bad impression on our team can t belive we are giving up on the Cards

  • john weitzman

    This was written in July and I just came across it. “Oscar Taveras slated to take place in the spring of 2014, there’s just not a suitable place for Beltran on the Cardinals roster.
    I disagree with that ! Not just because Taveras is out for the season now, but many things have changed. We have learned a lot about Taveras and his growth has a player and person. He has issues that need to be straightened out ! Who knows how well his ankle will be next spring. He is not a sure thing to make the 25 man roster in 2014. They had him playing center prior to being hurt in hopes he could play there this Sept.; Now they way things are looking, Beltran in right next year looks pretty good, with Taveras playing center and JJ being the 4th OF and rightie off the bench. That would allow
    Beltran to get plenty of rest and move Taveras back to right.
    They will have about 30M coming off the books in Carp, Westbrook and Frucal. Not to mention they got rid of Boggs and Zep. There on the hook for Wiggenton.
    There is alot of talk that Freese might be moved to save on his arbitration increase based on how he finishes this season. Move Carpenter to right “his natural position” Wong to second and upgrade SS.
    Due to the flexibility of so many of the young kids coming up they have so many options.
    Signing Beltran will be something management will give great thought to, his presence alone in the clubhouse his worth it not to mention what he does in the lineup. Of course he will not get what he is getting now. They would have to work a deal agreeable to both. This team needs a few veterans being that 19 are homegrown players. Thats there model of success they want to follow.
    I just would not count Beltran out at this point, he has proven he can stay healthy and is actually having a good second half unlike past years, And of course we know what he does in Oct !!