SAN FRANCISCO -- Carlos Beltran, who finished last season with the Giants and now ranks among the National League's most productive hitters, expressed no ill feelings over the unceremonious end of his San Francisco tenure.
Beltran, the reigning National League Player of the Week, said that the Giants never called him to express interest in retaining him.
"I was willing to come back," Beltran said Wednesday.
Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said that though he or other club representatives never spoke directly with Beltran, the club maintained regular contact with his agents through the Winter Meetings in December in hopes of forging a deal. Beltran ultimately signed a two-year, $26 million contract with St. Louis.
Beltran had only good things to say about the Giants, who obtained him from the New York Mets for pitching prospect
Zack Wheeler shortly before last year's Trade Deadline.
"I really enjoyed my time here, even though we didn't make it to where we wanted to go [the postseason]," said Beltran, who led the NL with 13 home runs and ranked second with 32 RBIs and 28 runs entering Wednesday. "Good fans, also."
Beltran also spoke graciously of outfielders Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera, whom the Giants obtained to bolster the offense.
"They're going to help the team," Beltran said.