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Cardinals "serious" about Carlos Beltran

The Cardinals are a "serious entity" in the bidding for slugging outfielder Carlos Beltran, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

But the Birds aren't the only team in the mix. At least four other clubs are said to be serious suitors including the Rockies and Blue Jays. Beltran is reportedly asking for at least a three-year contract while the Cardinals are trying to hold the line at two seasons.

It's easy to see why the Rockies would be an attractive option for a hitter because of its spacious outfield and generally hitter friendly conditions. But the Cardinals would seem to present a better opportunity to win. I don't see Toronto as a particularly attractive landing spot for an aging player who never has won a ring.

The Blue Jays play on an unforgiving artificial turf field. They're always playing for fourth place in a division that includes the Yankees, Red Sox and the lately competitive Rays. And they seem to be in a transitional period as they've had a lot of roster turnover since the middle of last season.