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Carlos Beltran
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Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran (born April 24, 1977) is a Major League Baseball player for the Houston Astros. He was born in Manati, Puerto Rico.

Beltran made his major league debut in 1998, playing 14 games with the Kansas City Royals. In 1999, he won a job in spring training as the Royals' starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. By mid-summer, he was displaying surprising power and moved to the #3 slot in the batting order, and he won the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Injuries caused Beltran to miss part of the 2000 season and he slumped to .247, losing his center field job to the popular Johnny Damon. After Damon was traded following the season, Beltran regained his job and recaptured his rookie form, batting .306 with 24 home runs and 101 RBIs and followed up with .273/29/105 and .307/26/100 in 2002 and 2003.

Because Kansas City is a small-market club and Beltran is represented by agent Scott Boras, trade rumors followed Beltran through the 2003 and 2004 seasons as the end of his contract neared and the two sides failed to negotiate a long-term deal. During a press conference following a doubleheader loss to the last-place Montreal Expos, Royals general manager Allard Baird told reporters that he was preparing to dismantle the team and rebuild for the 2005 season. While Beltran's name was not mentioned specifically by Royals management, the high-profile player, who was already eligible for free agency following the season, was considered the most likely to garner interest from other teams. On June 24, Beltran was traded to the Houston Astros in a three-team deal, with the Oakland Athletics getting closer Octavio Dotel and the Royals picking up three prospects.

He was elected to the American League starting outfield for the 2004 All-Star Game; however, he was initially denied a place in the game because of his trade to a National League team. After NL starter Ken Griffey, Jr went on the disabled list just before the All-Star break, Beltran was named to the NL team.

Beltran is what scouts call a "five-tool player," with good fielding skills, a good throwing arm, ability to hit for average, power, and steal bases.

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