Carlos Beltran, Cardinals agree

Updated: December 28, 2011, 9:31 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, a move that would fortify the team's lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.

The team disclosed the agreement Thursday night and said it expects to make a formal announcement shortly after the holidays.

The $26 million deal includes a full no-trade clause, a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

The 34-year-old Beltran ...

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