Without a few postseason heroics from David Freese, the Texas Rangers would have won the 2011 World Series — not the St. Louis Cardinals. However, things have changed since then and St. Louis decided to cut ties with Freese on Friday. Now, the third basemen is headed west as the Cardinals sent the former World Series MVP to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos.
Fernando Salas and prospect Randal Grichuck were also involved in this deal, but Freese and Bourjos are the two big names. By trading for a versatile outfielder like Bourjos; the Cards have put an end to the Carlos Beltran era in St. Louis. Instead, manager Mike Matheny will field a much younger outfield in 2014 that will likely feature stud prospect Oscar Taveras as well as the newly-acquired Bourjos.
With the Redbirds out of the Beltran running; look for the All-Star outfielder to sign a deal with the offensive hungry team like the Kansas City Royals in the near future. Either way, there is no possible way that the Cardinals overcrowd their outfield and bring back a 36-year-old right fielder.