ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Beltran's contract with the Cardinals will pay him an even $26 million over its two guaranteed seasons, MLB.com has learned. It's a relatively straightforward deal with no incentives based on plate appearances or games played.
Beltran will receive $13 million in 2012 and $13 million in '13, and as previously reported, contains full no-trade protection. He has bonuses written into the deal for All-Star selection, Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, top-5 Most Valuable Player finishes and MVP awards in the National League Championship Series and World Series.
Beltran's deal also states that he will donate $25,000 each year to Cardinals Care. The outfielder is expected to make his first public appearance as a Cardinal at this weekend's Winter Warm-Up.
As a matter of club policy, the Cardinals do not disclose contract terms.
Cardinals Caravan hits five states in four days
ST. LOUIS -- The 2012 Cardinals Caravan gets under way Friday and includes stops in five states over a four-day span.
The Caravan is an annual opportunity for fans outside of St. Louis to see players and other club representatives. It includes five separate tours this year, each spanning two days. Here's a quick look at each.
Caravan 1 will visit Springfield, Joplin, and Rolla, Mo., on Friday and Saturday. Jason Motte, Mitchell Boggs and manager Mike Matheny will be among the Cardinals making stops.
Caravan 2, also set for Friday and Saturday, will stop in Champaign, Decatur, and Quincy, Ill., as well as Hannibal, Mo. Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso highlight Caravan 2.
Caravan 3, featuring David Freese, Jaime Garcia and top prospect Shelby Miller, also runs Friday and Saturday. It will make stops in Mexico, Jefferson City, Columbia, and Moberly, Mo., including an appearance at Mizzou Arena in Columbia prior to Saturday's Missouri-Texas basketball game.
Caravan 4 will go south on Sunday and Monday to Dyersburg and Memphis, Tenn., Jonesboro, Ark., and Cape Girardeau, Mo. Tyler Greene and Lance Lynn are among the players who will be on Caravan 4.
Caravan 5 also goes Sunday and Monday, visiting Mattoon, Peoria, and Springfield, Ill., as well as Davenport, Iowa. Prospects Zack Cox and Jordan Swagerty are among the players on this leg of the Caravan.
La Russa holds annual 'Stars to the Rescue'
ST. LOUIS -- It's going to be a busy weekend for former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. A night after he participates in "A Champ's Perspective" on Friday, he'll hold his annual "Stars to the Rescue" event on Saturday night at the Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis.
The event is a benefit for La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation. This year's evening features Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers, Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles and country star Luke Bryan, among several other acts. A local St. Louis band, Greek Fire, will play an acoustic set to kick off the concert.
The concert gets started at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday and tickets cost $25 and $75, with VIP packages at $250.
The Cardinals will not give out uniform No. 5 in 2012. That's the number Albert Pujols wore from 2001-11.
The annual Cardinals Care Winter Warm-Up runs from Saturday through Monday at the Hyatt Regency in downtown St. Louis, and fans may still purchase passes for the Warm-Up at Cardinals.com.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.