While the rest of the baseball world buzzed over the signings of Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes and Albert Pujols last year, it was the St. Louis Cardinals who, in the end, were the real winners of the 2012 offseason.
It was an under-the-radar type of signing, lost on the back pages of the sports section. By season's end, the defending champion Cardinals looked like geniuses for pulling off a coup d'état in the baseball world.
Beltran's bat helped ease the loss of Pujols on offense as he hit 32 homers and drove in 97 runs. In one 10-game span in May, Beltran smashed seven home runs and drove in 20 RBI.
In the postseason, Beltran batted a whopping .357 (15 hits in 42 at-bats) as the Cardinals advanced from the second wild-card spot all the way to the NL Championship Series, before falling in seven games.
It was the kind of signing most GM's in baseball dream of.
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