Good Morning Cardinal Nation. Here’s what I have for you this morning:
BELTRAN WANTS TO STAY IN STL: Carlos Beltran was quoted over the weekend by Derrick Goold as saying “I really love playing here. There’s no doubt about that. I experienced something I didn’t experience in a long time, being able to be in a good clubhouse, so many good people and playing in front of these fans. … It makes everything easy.” I think it’s great that, similar to Lance Berkman, Beltran has become such a fan favorite after just one season. Despite his second half, Beltran provided such a jump to this lineup and was such a positive influence in the clubhouse, as he has been everywhere that he has played. Of course, his knees are now one year older. Let’s see how often he can play in 2013 and what he can contribute. But if he puts up similar numbers this season compared to 2012, I would not be surprised to see Carlos be here in St. Louis for a couple more seasons.
FREESE HOPES TO AVOID HEARING: David Freese still hopes to avoid going to an arbitration hearing to settle what his salary will be for the 2013 season. While Freese submitted a request for $3.75 million, the Cardinals gave an offer of $2.4 million. Hopefully they can compromise somewhere around $3 million, which would still be about $2.5 million dollars more than his 2012 salary (just over $500,000). The team has not gone to a hearing since 1999, so I would imagine that Mozeliak and his team are trying to reach an agreement as quickly as possible. Going to hearings can be very straining on the relationship between a player and his team, and I’m sure the last thing anyone wants is for Freese to be unhappy with the front office.
STAN NOTES: Fox Sports Midwest aired a wonderful two-hour special last night on Stan’s life. If you didn’t catch it, you can catch some clips from it here. Bernie Miklasz says that Stan would not want us to be sad. The public visitation for Stan will be on Thursday. We released the Cardinals’ press release regarding the event yesterday. Finally, Bryan Burwell thinks Stan was a perfect fit for St. Louis.
BENGIE & YADIER: Jenifer Langosch writes about Yadier and Bengie Molina who are now on the same team together. From the article: “It’s going to be awesome. I can’t wait,” said Yadier Molina, the youngest of the three Molina brothers to play professional baseball. “Bengie is a great guy to have on your side. It’s going to be awesome. He knows about hitting, too. He’s going to be a good help for our team.” I think having another Molina on the team can only be beneficial for this ball club. I don’t know much about Bengie, but if he’s anything similar to Yadi, I think it’s fair to say this lineup will do some pretty cool things in 2013.