The markets for Adrian Beltre and Rafael Soriano have moved incredibly slowly this winter, and while the Angels have made a bid on Beltre, no resolution seems close.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have a five-year, $70 million tender out to the third baseman and are so far refusing to raise it to agent Scott Boras' preferences. Boras is seeking a five-year deal worth about $90 million, or a six-year deal with a similar payout to the five years.
The Angels have no reason to up the bid as it doesn't appear any other team is willing to commit the same amount of dollars to the third baseman. Oakland offered a five-year deal for around $60 million that was pulled after Beltre went weeks without responding, likely due to concerns about playing in the Oakland Coliseum. It's unknown if the A's could even afford Beltre after the trades for David DeJesus and Josh Willingham.
UPDATE: And the Angels continue their offseason of head-scratching decisions, having chosen to pull their offer to Beltre, as the Los Angeles Times reports.
As a team that seems to believe in only negotiating as if they are the only option (witness their low offer to Crawford and dragging their feet on matching Boston's offer, then owner Arte Moreno lambasting the deal), this now leaves the Angels in position with any other club for Beltre's services instead of pole position.
A source tells the Times that "the door is still open" for Beltre to sign with the club.
Why pull the offer then?
It's likely simply posturing, as Moreno has said in the past the team will not raise the offer on Beltre, while Boras is holding out for more.
One of these two sides have to blink at some point -- unless the vaunted mystery team drops in on the Beltre bidding.
-- Evan Brunell