Tag:Adrian Beltre
Posted on: November 17, 2010 2:09 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 3:09 pm
 

Report: A's offer Beltre five years, $45M

Adrian Beltre
Dominican newspaper El Dia (link in Spanish) is reporting that the Athletics have offered free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre a five-year deal worth $45 million.

The $9 million annual value is probably not going to get it done, but the offer of five years could up the ante for other teams. Beltre turns 32 early next season, and committing huge money to him until almost 37 could give some teams pause.

The Giants, Angels and Orioles are thought to be suitors for Beltre, and the Red Sox have said they want him back after he batted .321/.365/.553 with 28 homers and 102 RBI on a one-year contract in 2010.

UPDATE: ESPNdeportes.com (link in Spanish) says the offer was for $64 million, not $45 million. With an annual average of $12.8 million, that would be a whole other kettle of fish. Interestingly, it's the same value and length of the contract Beltre signed with Seattle prior to the 2005 season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:47 am
 

Wednesday morning rumor roundup


Tuesday's opening day of the GM meetings was surprisingly action-packed. What will Wednesday bring? Here are some of the rumor tumbleweeds blowing around Orlando and beyond:

* Expanding the playoffs in time for 2011 is unlikely, because it would require tearing up the current collective bargaining agreement. Much more likely is writing it into the new CBA for 2012. (New York Daily News )

* Executives still think Cliff Lee will end up in pinstripes. (New York Post )

* Those same executives think the Florida teams are the most likely landing places if the Diamondbacks opt to move Justin Upton, though the Red Sox and Yankees have made inquiries. (New York Post )

* Maximum contract Boston is willing to offer Adrian Beltre: four years, $52 million. (Boston Globe )

* The Dodgers are trying to figure out what to do with Russell Martin. (Los Angeles Times )

* The Cubs finally unveiled some images of their plans for Wrigley Field renovations. (Chicago Tribune )

* There are several options for the Twins' middle infield, including Tsuyoshi Nishioka, though Minnesota seems unlikely to win the posting. (Star Tribune )

* The Orioles haven't gotten anywhere with Ty Wigginton or Cesar Izturis beyond initial conversations. (mlbtr.com)

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Tuesday morning rumor roundup

Hot Stove The GM meetings are under way in Orlando, which means we can expect an avalanche of rumors (but little, if anything, actually happening) in the next few days. The commissioner's office is intent on getting some business expedited this week -- GMs were prohibited from bringing their assistants, and the days are dedicated to league business with team business left for the hallways and dinner tables.

Here are a few of the rumor bits currently floating around:

* Leo Mazzone, who turned down the Yankees' pitching coach job previously, will not be interviewed this time around. (Journal News )

* The Cardinals want to get a contract extension done with Albert Pujols "between now and the Christmas holiday." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch )

* The humidor at Coors Field will be addressed during the meetings. (Denver Post )

* Add the Braves to the list of teams interested in Dan Uggla. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

* Andrew Miller assumes he'll be a reliever in Boston. (MLB.com)

* The Mets' lack of discipline last year makes Terry Collins a good candidate for the Mets, though Bob Melvin made a strong impression on GM Sandy Alderson. (New York Post )

* Rockies free agent left-hander Jorge De La Rosa is the Pirates' top target. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review )

* There are 12 teams "interested" in third baseman Adrian Beltre. (SI.com)

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 8:22 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 2:05 pm
 

Hot Stove League profile: Adrian Beltre

Hot Stove Over the next three weeks, CBS Sports' MLB Facts and Rumors will be profiling both free agents and trade candidates who will help stoke the fires of the Hot Stove League. Today, free agent Adrian Beltre.

Take a look at Adrian Beltre's career stats, and it jumps out at you: huge spikes in performance when he's playing for a contract. In 2004 with the Dodgers, with free agency looming, he hit a league-leading 48 homers -- he hadn't hit more than 23 prior to that season and didn't hit more than 26 during his five-year stay in Seattle. In 2010, on a one-year contract, he batted .321/.365/.553 with a league-leading 49 doubles and the second-highest homer total (28) of his career. In those two contract years, he batted a combined .328; in no other season has he eclipsed .290.

It's not unusual for a player to step up in a walk year, and it pays to keep in mind that being healthy was a major factor in both seasons. Beltre is the toughest player I have ever covered, and has a tendency to play hurt and hide injuries, which has impacted his performance. When there are no health issues standing in his way, hit potential is enormous.

Even an average Beltre year is pretty darned good, and very consistent. Per 162 games in his career, he's averaged .275/.328/.462 with 89 RBI and 25 homers -- all while playing elite defense at third base. At 31, Beltre has some productive years left in him, and he's going to be in high demand this winter.

Adrian Beltre STATS

2010: .321/.365/.553 with 28 home runs, 102 RBI
career: .275/.328/.462 with 278 home runs, 1,008 RBI

LAST CONTRACT

Coming off a disappointing and injury-plagued final season with the Mariners, Beltre took a chance on a one-year, incentive-heavy $10 million deal with the Red Sox. He had a player option of $10 million for 2011 (it doubled from $5 million when he passed 640 plate appearances -- he finished with 641), but no way was he taking that when lucrative multi-year offers will be plentiful.

WHAT IT WILL TAKE

There haven't been a lot of good comparisons in recent years to draw from, but look for Beltre to go three or four years at between $12-14 million per. Then again, we shouldn't be surprised if he lands something bigger. His agent is Scott Boras, and Boras said this week that more teams than expected have shown interest. Bidding wars result in over-market contracts.

WHERE HE COULD GO

The Red Sox want to keep Beltre in Boston, general manager Theo Epstein telling reporters Friday that "our first choice for our third baseman in 2011 and beyond would be to bring back Adrian Beltre." The problem is, the Sox also want to bring back Victor Martinez, and they probably can't afford both. They just picked up a $12.5 million option on David Ortiz, and Jonathan Papelbon has a big salary due next year. If bidding on Beltre and Martinez climbs, the Red Sox might have to pick one.

The other strong possibility for Beltre is the Angels, which makes a lot of sense. Beltre is a West Coast guy who loves Los Angeles and keeps two houses in the area, and he's not a fan of playing in cold weather. The Angels have a lot of money and a chance to win. But they, too, are going to pursue two tracks, and Carl Crawford appears to be their top target. It's unlikely they could afford both Crawford and Beltre.

The Tigers have been reported as having interest, but it's tough to see Beltre going to a tough place to hit after his frustrating experience with Safeco Field. The A's reportedly made Beltre a multi-year offer last winter and are in serious need of an impact bat. He also could be on Toronto's radar.

PREDICTION

This depends on what Crawford decides to do, but the best fit for Beltre seems to be the Angels.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:52 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 11:10 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their American League Most Valuable Player selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so forth, with 10th place getting one point.

The American League MVP would have been easy if the season ended int he first week of September, but that's when Josh Hamilton crashed into a wall and broke a few ribs, sidelining him for nearly a month. Was that enough to give Detroit's Miguel Cabrera the MVP? Or was Jose Bautista's 54-homer season good enough to win the honor?

AMERICAN LEAGUE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Josh Hamilton David Andriesen
1. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Adrian Beltre, Red Sox
4. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees
6. Evan Longoria, Rays
7. Paul Konerko, White Sox
8. Carl Crawford, Rays
9. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
10. Joe Mauer, Twins

Hamilton led all of baseball in batting average and WAR (wins above replacement), while playing center field and dealing with nagging injuries. Yes, he only played 133 regular-season games, but Joe Mauer won last year with 135. Cabrera was scary good, finishing in the top
three in every Triple Crown category, but Hamilton played better with more on the line.

Evan Brunell
1. JoshHamilton, Rangers
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
4. Adrian Beltre, Red Sox
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees
6. Evan Longoria, Rays
7. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
8. Carl Crawford, Rays
9. Paul Konerko, White Sox
10. Daric Barton, Athletics

Hamilton had a sublime season, leading baseball in batting average (.359) and slugging percentage (.633). In counting stats, his 30 HR and 100 RBI don't exactly blow anyone off the map, but don't forget he missed most of September.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1.  Josh Hamilton, Rangers
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Evan Longoria, Rays
4. Robinson Cano, Yankees
5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
6. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
7. Adrian Beltre, Red Sox
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
9. Joe Mauer, Twins
10. Paul Konerko, White Sox

Hamilton missed most of September, but it didn't really mean anything to his team, because he was so good until that point that the Rangers had a cushion. There were other players with really good years, Cabrera and Cano among them, but they were still behind what Hamilton's amazing season. I think Longoria sometimes gets overlooked, but he doesn't deserve the nod over Hamilton. I do find it interesting that I'm the only one with a pitcher listed.

MLB Facts and Rumors American League Most Valuable Player
As good a season as Cabrera had, it's a runaway for Hamilton, who was unanimous in our small poll, followed by Miguel Cabrera and Jose Bautista. That said, expect Cabrera and maybe even Cano to garner first-place votes when the BBWAA announces its winners on Nov. 23, but Hamilton will still likely win by a comfortable margin.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 3:02 pm
 

Beltre declines player option

Beltre Adrian Beltre has declined his option for 2011, something that comes as a shock to no one.

Beltre rebuilt his value in a big way in Boston, cobbling together a monster contract year and should find the free-agent market much more to his liking this offseason as opposed to last year, when he settled for a one-year, $10 million deal along with a player option that started at $5 million and rose to $10 provided he had 640 plate appearances (he ended with 641).

Finishing with a .321/.365/.553 line, plenty of teams will be going after the Dominican, and the Red Sox will have stiff competition coming to keep Beltre in Boston.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:25 am
Edited on: November 4, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Predicting where free agents will land

Baseball is currently in a five-day period where teams have exclusivity to negotiate with players who have become free agents. Sunday at midnight, that period will expire and free up players to talk to any and all teams.

There's plenty to like about this free-agent crop, as the top players at each position is enough to put together a contending team. Plus, there are a good number of nice backup options, too.

Below, you can find Evan Brunell's predictions on where free agents will wind up, going position by position with two names at each position.

Martinez C: Victor Martinez -- Tigers. All the noise surrounding Detroit going hard after Martinez seems legit. It's part of Detroit's M.O., filling a position of desperate need to contend and Martinez is the best option and remains capable of catching. Plus, Detroit has no major block at first or DH for an eventual switch for V-Mart as Alex Avila apprentices.

C: John Buck -- Yankees. Jorge Posada will be receiving most of his at-bats as a DH and Francisco Cervelli certainly can't start. The Yankees will flex their financial muscles on a catcher which they can bring in on a short-term contract who broke out in Toronto last season. It solves the catcher conundrum short term and leaves the long term free for Austin Romine.

Dunn 1B: Adam Dunn -- Cubs. Another popular pairing that makes too much sense. The Cubs need to strike to stay in contention even as they try to get their minor-league system in order and producing over the next couple of seasons. Dunn's defense is minimized now that he's at first, and the Cubs need someone to sky them big flies. (And if the Cubs really are not going after big-name free agents , which I doubt is 100 percent true, I'll tab Dunn to the Athletics .)

1B: Aubrey Huff -- Giants. Unfortunately, while bringing in Huff eventually paid off big time for San Francisco, he is now overrated. With Brandon Belt tearing up the farm, there's no overwhelming reason to give Huff anything close to what he can get on the market. I have a feeling Brian Sabean will do what he always does, signing older players coming off big years to nonsensical contracts. You know it and I know it. Sleeper alert: The Giants move forward with a Mark DeRosa/Travis Ishikawa platoon at first, leaving Huff to land with the Mariners .

Hudson 2B: Orlando Hudson -- Padres. The O-Dog will be on the move again, looking for his fourth team in four seasons, fifth overall. He's long wanted to join the Mets, but Luis Castillo has prevented him from doing so. The Padres plan to contend, but still need the dollars to make sense for who they bring in, and it will for Hudson to plug a vacancy at second with no viable internal options.

2B: Bill Hall -- Twins. Hall is looking for a starting job, but there are those telling him he is best suited as a super utility player. Look for Minnesota to give him a chance at the starting 2B job, but the Twins will love moving him around once they can justify it.

Jeter SS: Derek Jeter -- Yankees. I think a lot of people are going to be a bit surprised by how long the negotiations take. Despite popular sentiment, Brian Cashman is not one to pay someone beyond actual value. What he does have is disposable income that the owners can order him to pay a premium, so Cashman will do just that -- but only at a small premium.

SS: Juan Uribe -- Giants. This is one return that makes sense. Edgar Renteria isn't being brought back, even if he doesn't retire. Pablo Sandoval's struggles at third and Uribe's ability to slide to third as need be will be coveted by San Francisco, and he deserves the deal he'll sign for. It's a very weak market for shortstops, so even those that could be available in a trade (Jason Bartlett?) may have too prohibitive a price.

Beltre 3B: Adrian Beltre -- Angels. Los Angeles makes the big strike here, importing a gifted defender who had a great season with the stick. He won't hit .321 again, but he'll be a signing on the level of Torii Hunter. He's expensive but will produce and help put L.A. back into postseason contention.

3B: Miguel Tejada -- Padres. San Diego was pleased with Tejada's production after acquiring him from Houston and will sign him to play his natural position of short even though he began the transition to third base last season.

Crawford LF: Carl Crawford -- Red Sox . Crawford will spark a bidding war between the Red Sox, Angels and some other team yet to be known, plus a late charge by the Yankees (you know it'll happen). In the end, the Red Sox will win out, offering just enough to entice Crawford to Boston.

LF: Marcus Thames -- Phillies. Thames built his value this past year, establishing himself as a strong platoon option against left-handers who surprisingly held his own against righties. The Phillies are interested in bringing in another right-handed hitter to pair with Ben Francisco, and Thames seems like the perfect low-cost, high-upside option.

Damon CF: Johnny Damon -- Astros. Damon may be a center fielder, but it's in name only as he's restricted to left and DH at this point of his career. No contending team is going to be interested in starting him, but he can still land somewhere where there's a faint glimmer of a chance at the postseason. Damon can be the grizzled, scrappy veteran who can lead them to the top. Welcome to Houston, Johnny!

CF: Melky Cabrera -- Royals. Cabrera's stock is down. Way, way down. He'll have to latch on with a bottom-feeding club who gambles on his tools. Kansas City seems like the perfect place to do that. With an up-and-coming farm, he could fit in seamlessly if he takes his job seriously. If he doesn't, the Royals simply move on.

Werth RF: Jayson Werth -- White Sox. It makes a lot of sense for the White Sox to go after Werth -- they have their own bandbox and need someone who can play the outfield and who could DH in his off days. Carlos Quentin's defense needs to be hidden or moved to first if they don't bring Paul Konerko back. Helping matters is Chicago has the money to make it happen.

RF: Andruw Jones -- Braves. Coming off a strong season for the White Sox where he proved he can still bring it, just not quite as a full-time outfielder (although that possibility does exist), Jones seems like he could make a return to Atlanta. The Braves have a need to remake their outfield, and Jones seems to be a perfect piece of the puzzle.

Thome DH: Jim Thome -- Twins. No reason for Thome to leave the Twins, really. He had a strong season there, became a cult hero, has been loyal to his teams and Minnesota definitely could use this slugger back provided the two can agree on how much playing time he will get. Having Delmon Young, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Justin Morneau doesn't leave much room for Thome, but it worked out just fine in 2010.

DH: Manny Ramirez -- Rays . Manny is a DH and probably will find the market a bit hostile towards him. He's not upper-echelon any longer, but not many teams need a DH. After long and overdrawn-out negotiations thanks to Scott Boras, ManRam will finally sign around the beginning of spring training and coast into town to help the Rays and what could be a moribund offense.

Pavano RHSP: Carl Pavano -- Brewers. Pavano is set to cash in on his success with the Twins and is certain to be in a position where he can outdo accepting arbitration thanks to a poor right-handed starter's market. Milwaukee needs to find starting pitching and fast, and the Brewers proved last year with Randy Wolf they weren't afraid to go get it. Wolf's struggles won't be enough to deter Milwaukee from Pavano, not when a Wolf-Pavano-Yovani Gallardo rotation would do wonders in the NL Central.

RHSP: Hiroki Kuroda -- Dodgers. Kuroda's been a bit overlooked on the national stage, as he truly is a strong pitcher. The Dodgers want -- need -- to contend, so they'll make sure Kuroda goes nowhere. They do need to slash salary, but a lot of that was tied up in Manny Ramirez, so there's plenty for Kuroda.

Lee LHSP: Cliff Lee -- Rangers. Buy into Texas being players for Lee and Lee eschewing the bright lights of New York just as long as the money is there. And it will be. The wife likes having him close to home, he's going to be on a contending team and get his money. There isn't much reason to move to New York.

LHSP: Jorge De La Rosa -- Tigers. Detroit has money to spend and a need in the rotation. De la Rosa will flirt with quite a few teams, Yankees included, but it's Detroit who will step up. It needs a strong pitcher in the rotation to have any hope of contending, and de la Rosa falls right into the bracket the Tigers are comfortable with.

Soriano RHRP: Rafael Soriano -- Angels . L.A. has said all the right things in moving forward with Fernando Rodney as a closer after moving Brian Fuentes, but the Angels bullpen was in tatters all season and Rodney is not good enough to block Soriano, who is one of the best closers in the game but will find a rough market.

RHRP: Joaquin Benoit -- Rays . Benoit's price tag is going to be high, but the Rays will be faced with a barren bullpen. Why not bring back someone they know can do it for them? They can entice Benoit with the possibility -- probability -- about taking over as closer.

LHRP: Scott Downs -- Red Sox. Downs is a Type-A free agent, but Boston will gladly fork over its second-rounder after Crawford gives Tampa Bay its first-rounder. The Red Sox want to beef up their bullpen after years of trolling through cast-offs. Downs has been coveted for a while, and Boston will take the plunge.

LHRP: Brian Fuentes -- Marlins. Florida wants to contend, but needs some help in the bullpen to do so. Knowing the Fish, they won't be looking to spend big at the position, but Fuentes is a nice, safe and affordable pick to be the new closer they want.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 8:37 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2010 1:42 am
 

Free-agent types set

Elias Sports Bureau has finalized the player rankings that baseball will use to determine compensation for teams that lose top free agents, and 34 players will be designated Type A free agents. Players are divided into Type A, Type B and other via analysis of their value compared with others at their positions.

If a team offers a Type A free agent arbitration and the player signs elsewhere, the original team receives the 2012 first-round draft pick of the signing team (unless it's one of the top 15 picks; in that case they get the signing team's second-round pick), as well as a compensatory pick in the "sandwich" round between the first and second rounds of the draft.

For a Type B free agent, the team that loses the player receives a sandwich pick, but the signing team doesn't surrender a pick. There is no compensation for losing a player that isn't an A or a B.

Here's the list (the numbers are basically position rankings) as compiled by mlbtraderumors.com, which got an early look:

TYPE A

Bronson Arroyo -- 80.033 - club option
Grant Balfour -- 72.923
Adrian Beltre Adrian Beltre (pictured) -- 81.633 - player option
Carl Crawford -- 85.128
Jorge De La Rosa -- 74.422
Scott Downs -- 76.352
Adam Dunn -- 74.167
Frank Francisco -- 73.171
Jason Frasor -- 73.383
Vladimir Guerrero -- 80.000 - mutual option
Matt Guerrier -- 79.569
Ramon Hernandez -- 74.517
Derek Jeter -- 91.304
Paul Konerko -- 78.095
Jason Kubel -- 80.000 - club option
Cliff Lee -- 87.500
Derrek Lee -- 74.167
Ted Lilly -- 80.116
Victor Martinez -- 87.054
Bengie Molina -- 72.321
Magglio Ordonez -- 77.436
Carl Pavano -- 75.568
Andy Pettitte -- 80.492
A.J. Pierzynski -- 80.804
Manny Ramirez -- 76.154
Arthur Rhodes -- 72.229
Mariano Rivera -- 88.830
Takashi Saito -- 69.657
Rafael Soriano -- 91.799
Miguel Tejada -- 76.720
Matt Thornton -- 86.214 - club option exercised
Billy Wagner -- 83.313
Jayson Werth -- 91.807
Dan Wheeler -- 74.673 - club option

TYPE B

Rod Barajas -- 59.459
Joaquin Benoit -- 66.879
Lance Berkman -- 64.762 - club option declined
John Buck -- 67.411
Orlando Cabrera -- 66.667
Randy Choate -- 62.460
Kevin Correia -- 57.591
Jesse Crain -- 60.657
Johnny Damon -- 74.359
Octavio Dotel -- 66.473
Chad Durbin -- 57.471
David Eckstein -- 65.801
Mark Ellis -- 74.405 - club option
Pedro Feliciano -- 66.855
Brian Fuentes -- 67.055
Jon Garland -- 71.947 - mutual option
Alex Gonzalez -- 61.376 - club option
Kevin Gregg -- 66.967 - club option
Brad Hawpe -- 70.769
Aaron Heilman -- 58.420
Trevor Hoffman -- 62.829 - club option
Orlando Hudson -- 70.238
Aubrey Huff -- 60.000
Omar Infante -- 62.338 - club option
Brandon Inge -- 67.347
Hiroki Kuroda -- 68.152
Gerald Laird -- 60.045
Adam LaRoche -- 61.667 - mutual option
Felipe Lopez -- 67.532 -  club option
Mike Lowell -- 62.585
Hideki Matsui -- 73.333
Kevin Millwood -- 58.617
Miguel Olivo -- 65.251 - mutual option
David Ortiz -- 75.000 - club option
Carlos Pena -- 64.762
Jhonny Peralta -- 62.585 - club option
Scott Podsednik -- 69.880 - club option
J.J. Putz -- 62.213
Chad Qualls -- 56.168
Aramis Ramirez -- 63.187 - player option
Jon Rauch -- 69.088
Jose Reyes -- 62.434 - club option
Hisanori Takahashi -- 58.650
Yorvit Torrealba -- 63.900 - mutual option
Koji Uehara -- 68.010
Juan Uribe -- 65.608
Jason Varitek -- 64.732
Javier Vazquez -- 71.970
Kerry Wood -- 62.778 - club option declined

-- David Andriesen

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