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Beltre market beginning to take shape

Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 4:40 pm
 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Talks for free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre heated up Wednesday with several clubs scheduling meetings with Beltre's agent, Scott Boras for the afternoon and evening.

Among others, the Los Angeles Angels, quiet so far this winter, finally made a move into the Beltre conversations, according to CBSSports.com sources. The Rangers also are believed to be interested. Another AL West club, Oakland, made a significant offer last week of five years and at least $64 million according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, but pulled the offer on Sunday when Beltre didn't bite.

After reestablishing himself in Boston last season on a one-year deal, Beltre is looking for a multi-year deal with a winning club.

Beltre, a two-time Gold Glove winner, batted .321 with 28 home runs and 102 RBI for the Red Sox in 2010. He compiled a .365 on-base percentage and ranked fifth in the AL with a .919 OPS.

Currently, there is enough interest in Beltre that there is a chance he could sign before the conclusion of the winter meetings here on Thursday.

Sources re-iterated to CBSSports.com on Wednesday that while the Angels are interested in Beltre, free agent outfielder Carl Crawford remains their top priority.

Comments

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:24 pm
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Thanks for the comment Neil Cavuto....



Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2010 4:47 pm
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Belte had career year for Dodgers and cashed in w/ 5 year deal....and sucked in Seattle.  He took a 1 year deal w/ Boston and looks to cash in again.....he plays great D and can hit for power.......but I sure won't give him 5 years.  The A's offer was more than fair......because Angels lost out of Crawford, they will overpay for Beltre & Soriano.  They should trade for Greinke......but they got burned last time they did that w/ Kazmir......S-Rod is going to get 500 AB's for Tampa and will get noticed this year!  



Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 11:43 pm
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

He is going to regret not signing the deal that the A's offered. I can see 3 years from the Angels, not five and with his track record 3 seems about right for this guy.



Since: Aug 13, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:29 pm
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Beltre was a good teamate and even with all the injuries the Red Sox had he kept them right in the hunt for the playoffs for most of the season while putting up great numnbers. The Red Sox lost 1-3 hitters to freak injuries for the entire second half and for a month of that time they lost V-mart. Beltre was there best hitter all year. His teamates loved him and he he was above average in the field and made some great plays. He couldm help alot of teams and that is exactly what you are hearing from the analysts and GM's and coaches and scouts all over the place. He earned whatever deal he will get and he will put up very good numbers this year.



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 6:00 pm
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

The GMs have completely lost their minds.  I have know problem paying player to perform, but big long term deals to slightly above average players in their 30's. Anything more than 2 or 3 years for Beltre is crazy. Team performance needs to be a much bigger factor in the pay equation.  I care about wins,  Period!!! The players come and go.  They only care about themselves.  It is a slap in the face to the fans who pay the bills to not have team performance as a factor in determining compensation.  I really do not care about some ex juice head who only hit homes when it does not matter.  If you help your team win great get paid.  It is a team sport.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

If you want to know why contracts in the MLB are guaranteed, look no further than the MLBPA.   Thank the unions that once stood up for the little guy to make for better working environments, but now stand for greed and corruption in its highest form.   Our top government officials are corrupted by their union backers.   Unions have long outlived their usefulness, and only serve as another line item taking your hard earned money!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:25 am
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Great!  If they sign him, then they could then trade Brandon Wood to someone who will commit to him for a season.  Then we could see what this boy can do.  A trade is exactly what Wood needs.  It will either help him get established, or start the long spiral out of baseball.  This kid could go from prospect to journeyman really quickly if he doesn't start to hit.  Eventually, he will run out of places willing to take a chance on him and wind up playing in the Mexican League and taking in the donkey shows.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:04 am
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

If I was looking to sign Beltre I would only sign him to a one year contract! As someone pointed out earlier in the post he only really plays well in contract years!



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 3:49 am
 

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Why do people need to type in giant letters?  What losers think this is super cool?  Nothing worse then a three sentence blurb that takes up half a screen, no wait what's worse is the self important person who writes it.

As for Beltre:
Anyone who can split a testicle in half and still play must have some real small testicles.  I wonder how they got that way?  I broke my cup in half once playing hockey goalie and there is no such thing as shaking that off.  SO if someone claims they have I take it as Bullplop, a sure sign of shrunken gonads, or a sure sign he was jacked up on amphetamines at the time.  I was walking light for a week and I split my cup in half not my balls.
Any fan who knows a testicle story about a player just scares me.
Any fan who doesn't recognize that Beltre's biggest numbers come in contract years is probably writing testicle stories.
He's not a bum, but he is half a test tube and not a player I want on my team.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:23 am
 

To "THE TRUTH" -- I only see a lazy fan

I have never been a fan of the teams Beltre has played for, but I do follow baseball closely, and can tell you that Beltre has a reputation as an extremely hard-working and dedicated athlete even when he played for mediocre poor teams in Seattle. In 2009 he took a hard bouncer that literally split open one of his testicles and he stayed in the game (and later scored the winning run). His manager said any other player would have been taken off the field in a stretcher. 

The only abomination here is how a fan (THE TRUTH) who clearly doesn't follow baseball closely would try to smear a player for a flaw that only the fan has shown -- laziness. 


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