Carlos Beltran and the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a two-year contract pending results of a physical, fortifying the team’s lineup following the departure of Albert Pujols.
KMOX, the Cardinals’ flagship radio station, reported the deal is for $26 million over two years.
The 34-year-old Beltran batted .300 with 22 home runs, 84 RBI and a .385 on-base percentage for the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants in 2011.
COURTS: Barry Bonds is officially appealing his felony obstruction conviction.
His attorneys paid $455 and filed a one-sentence notice to the federal trial court late Wednesday, saying that Bonds was asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal to toss out his conviction. The case will be randomly assigned to a three-judge panel later.
Bonds was sentenced Friday to 30 days of house arrest, two-years of probation and a $4,000 fine. But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston delayed imposition until the appeal is resolved.
NATIONALS: All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez said Washington has agreed to acquire him in a trade from the Oakland Athletics, and the deal is nearly finished.
Oakland reportedly will receive four players in the deal, including three top prospects: right-handers A.J. Cole and Brad Peacock, lefty Tom Milone and catcher Derek Norris.
Gonzalez went 16-12 last season with a 3.12 ERA in 32 starts.
DODGERS: Creditors of the Los Angeles Dodgers are joining the team in urging a federal district judge not to halt implementation of a bankruptcy court order authorizing the Dodgers to begin a process for selling television rights to future games.
In a filing Wednesday, the committee said there’s no guarantee that a sale of the team without the TV rights will result in Dodgers creditors being paid in full.
Fox is challenging the proposed media rights sale, saying it violates the company’s rights under an existing contract with the Dodgers.
TWINS: Right-hander Jason Marquis has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Minnesota.
The 33-year-old Marquis went 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA for Washington before being traded to Arizona on July 30. Marquis went 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in three starts for the Diamondbacks.