Looking to fortify their World Series-winning lineup after the departure of Albert Pujols, the Cardinals agreed last night to a two-year contract, reportedly worth $26 million, with Carlos Beltran, pending results of a physical. A formal announcement is expected shortly after the holidays. The 34-year-old outfielder batted .300 with 22 home runs, 84 RBIs, and a .385 on-base percentage for the Mets and Giants last season . . . The Twins signed Jason Marquis to a one-year, $3 million deal. The 33-year-old righthander went 8-5 with a 3.95 ERA for the Nationals last season before being traded to the Diamondbacks on July 30. Marquis went 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA in three starts for Arizona before missing the last month and a half of the season with a broken right leg after he was hit by a line drive . . . The Mets agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Rob Johnson and invited him to spring training. The 28-year-old batted .190 (34 for 179) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, a career-high 3 homers and 16 RBIs in 67 games for the Padres last season.