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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 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 on Wednesday that while the Angels are interested in Beltre, free agent outfielder Carl Crawford remains their top priority.


Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:19 pm

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Kinda funny, the Rangers finally get to the World Series & NOW they are in the hunt for EVERY free agent available....Lee, Crawford, Beltre, Greinke, Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb,...Lord, will it ever stop???

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:33 pm

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Any GM who thinks those #'s are a sign of things to come should be fired, immediately. The HR's maybe, but the rest, nfw. If there was ever a Fenway induced season that was, by far, it.

Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 8:31 pm

Beltre market beginning to take shape

Yea well another thing is, you take him out of that Fenway Park, and the next thing ya know the guy is hitting .230, with 5 ding dongs, and 25 rbi's....  I could be dead wrong, and perhaps he did have good numbers away last year as well.  But, that's really my first thought on the guy, without looking.  He couldn't put up numbers in Seattle, cause the team sucked, and the field was pitcher friendly.  Might just want to be careful putting this guy in a big home park, without that nice advantage in left like he had in Fenway.  He might suckbomb again.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 7:40 pm

Beltre market beginning to take shape

I really think that players like Beltre are the reason why guaranteed contracts are an abomination. There are no guarantees in the real work force, so why in pro sports. Beltre seems like a lazy athlete that only gives his all when necessary. Take away the guarantee forces the athlete to constantly perform, the same as anyone that has a job. Either way, whoever signs him to a long term deal is in for a huge disappointment.

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 7:34 pm

Beltre market beginning to take shape

KLM11...u ARE absolutely correct...this is not worth it...He only plays "well" a year prior to changing..ask the Mariners.....Also he is being tested for HGH now..bad choice.....let him sign a low end deal with need...CRAWFORD...THAT'S THE MAN....Go Angels!

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 6:42 pm

Beltre market beginning to take shape

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ANGELS, do not sign this loser.  He only plays when he is entering a free agent year.  He is a horrible team player and a giant baby, who throws a fit when anyone touches his head, including his mom(I know this for a fact).  Also, he is horrible on the base paths and that's not what the Angels need out of their 3rd baseman.  Anyone who signs this guy will never win anything, it's been proven up till now and it will be proven till he retires.  The Angels would be better off going with someone already on their team or in the minors, then spending a ton of money on Adrian (I only play on contract years) Beltre.   I would rather have Brandon Inge or Jorge Cantu then Beltre, at least those guys will try no matter what. 

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