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Cardinals aggressively chasing Beltran

The Cardinals seem to be the most aggressive team pursuing former Mets slugger Carlos Beltran, according to Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

"Other teams remain in the mix, however," Rosenthal wrote. "And Beltran is weighing a variety of two- and even three-year options, sources say" 

The Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rays are amongst at least three but possibly as many as five teams that could be working on Beltran. But Rosenthal said the Red Sox (who I figure to be the most significant competitor) seem to be focused primarily on finding pitching. And the Rays are said to to be hoping to swoop in and land Beltran for a bargain basement price.

Rosenthal said the Cardinals have spent the last week doing "extensive background work" on Beltran, whatever that means. He adds that the Redbirds might also be interested in Cody Ross and former St. Louis farmhand "Coco" Crisp.