Red Sox Sign Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre left one defense-oriented team for another today and signed with the Red Sox. When he signed a five-year $64MM deal with the Mariners in 2004, Beltre was coming off a 48 homer season. Last year, he hit just eight homers, but his well-deserved reputation as one of the game's elite defenders earned him $9MM for the upcoming season and the chance to make even more in 2011.

Beltre, 31 in April, will earn a $7MM salary in 2010, in addition to a $2MM signing bonus. He has a player option for 2011 that's worth at least $5MM and will reach $10MM if Beltre makes 640 plate appearances this season. There's also a $1MM buy-out for 2011. It's not a lot of guaranteed money, but Beltre and agent Scott Boras could lobby for a long-term deal if Beltre re-establishes his offensive value in Fenway Park this year.

Jon Heyman tweeted that Beltre was close to a deal with the Red Sox and Buster Onley tweeted some details of the agreement before Tim Brown of Yahoo tweeted that Beltre had "reached an agreement" with the Red Sox. Peter GammonsPeter Abraham, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, WEEI's Rob Bradford and Alex Speier followed up with the details.

According to the Boston Herald's John Tomase, Beltre turned down both a three-year and four-year deal in order to sign with the Red Sox. Rosenthal says Beltre turned down a pair of three-year, $24MM offers this offseason, apparently from the Phillies and A's.  We'll see if he ultimately beats that amount over 2010-12.

The Mariners obtain a supplementary rounder in next year's draft for losing Beltre, who turned down their offer of arbitration.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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460 Comments on "Red Sox Sign Adrian Beltre"


arock1234
5 years 7 months ago

hoping he signs with the a’s…it seems like more of a fit for both sides than with boston

Pedroias_Destroyahs
5 years 7 months ago

PLEASE not the Red Sox

5 years 7 months ago

Pls let it be the Red Sox

5 years 7 months ago

Please BE the Red Sox. His glove on the field makes the Sox arguably the best defensive team in MLB. His bat will play up in Fenway, much like Lowell’s.

5 years 7 months ago

Ha ha ha false. That’ll be Seattle. And it won’t even be close.

ChrisCa$h
5 years 7 months ago

Seattles is not the best team in baseball. Yankees, red sox, phillies are clearly better. Rays, angels , Texas, st louis, dodgers, and dare I say cubs if they bounce back could all possibly be better than the mariners. I’m not saying they’re bad but they’re not the best team in MLB.

ChrisCa$h
5 years 7 months ago

I’d like to retract that comment. I read the previous one wrong. I’m srry I’m stupid

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start_wearing_purple
5 years 7 months ago

I just don’t see the Sox still in on Beltre. Right now I think they’re probably gonna start the season with Lowell at third and make a move for corner infielder some time in the middle of the season… with any luck, Gonzalez.

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t see that either, especially with Lowell in the fold. The BoSox would have to stretch their budget to sign Beltre. I don’t think he’s the kind of player ( great defender, don’t get me wrong ) that a team would stretch their budget for.

badscience
5 years 7 months ago

I’m with you. Acquiring Beltre seems to block any trade for a big bat. Let Mikey begin the season back at 3B and if the Sox can land AGon, let Lowell play backup 3B and DH for the remainder of the season.

5 years 7 months ago

Beltre IS the big bat we’ve been looking for. He will hit .280 or so with 35 homers and 110 RBI’s while playing Gold Glove D on a 1 year deal… How can you not like this deal Start? Usually I’m on the same page as you, but you have to understand that Safeco Field is the second worst hitters ballpark in baseball next to San Diego… Of course his stats plummeted. Check out Beltre’s hit tracker. His power is all over the field. He’s arguably the best 3rd baseman ever to play the game. He is not an Ichiro or Jeter type gap hitter. That’s why he struggled at Safeco. Look at A-Roid. Even his power didn’t come around to its full potential until he hit in Texas. And he used roids in Seattle Yankees fans… live in denial all you want everyone knows it to be true. Just because his head wasn’t shaped like Bonds means nothing. Look at Brian Roberts or Brady Anderson, both of whom definitely used steroids whether they admit it or not.

Safeco field sucks for MOST hitters. Not just Beltre. For God’s sake… Jamie Moyer was a 20 game winner in Seattle…. Nuff said.

Mitch_Cole173
5 years 7 months ago

I really hope the Sox don’t sign him. I just don’t see his offense going anywhere but south or neutral at this point. Plus, we can’t pay Lowell $12M to sit on the bench all year until when(if ever) he is traded. I’d rather see them start the year with Youk and Lowell platooning at third and Kotchman and Youk platooning at first. Then trade Lowell for a prospect that can be flipped for a guy like Adrian or Cabrera or whoever else they may choose. Plus, Boston has one thing really going for them in the Adrian sweepstakes. I’m pretty sure he said that he doesn’t expect to be traded, but if he were to be traded he would love to play in Boston.

mick_lowe
5 years 7 months ago

mc, good scratch. i don’t believe the sawx are interested in a 3rd bagger without having sniffed around figgins 1st. plus, by now, they have to hate borasshole with a passion. he hasn’t done the pilgrims any favors and he has gotten mr john william henry II a little peeved in his dealings with texeria. also, i’m suspicious of folks that hit 90 hrs in his last year with la (2004 48/104/121 334 ba 1.017 ops) and hasn’t done anywhere as well since. roids? i think so. and to quote the great cry baby – “roids in your last year leads to mucho dinero$ in your next year” – manny man child.

i still say, we should sign holliday (despite his hemorrhoid agent). this would free up a couple of our current rising stars for a trade that may include a salary dump (mikey), to say, san diego?

jphenix2002
5 years 7 months ago

I found the salary dump to san diego joke quite amusing 😀

I don’t see how signing Beltre improves the Red Sox any unless he grows to love the Green Monster

5 years 7 months ago

So Gonzo said he would “LOVE” to play for Boston? Is there a link to an interview or aticle that quotes Gonzo?

Please provide. Unless you are just a Sox fan making things up???

I find it mildly odd that Gonzo, a Meican American that lived 10+ years of his life in Mexico, has 2 Mexican parents and PLAYS for a team that has a large Mexican fan base and Mexican American fan base would clearly state that he would “LOVE” to play in Boston, a city with little to no Mexican community.

Again, are you sure you didn’t make that up Mitch_Cole???????????

I will wait to see that link.

pt_nj
5 years 7 months ago

K-Man – There was a report that he wanted to play for Boston. The comment was linked to a teammate.

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/messages/chrono/18933024

Deanezag
5 years 7 months ago

“One teammate indicated Gonzalez has made Boston his preferred destination if he should be dealt.”

Not denying it, but we know it’s all about how they people questions. How did he ask him- hey would you rather play for the Mets or Red Sox? or if you could pick what team do you want to play for? etc.

pt_nj
5 years 7 months ago

Who knows – but when quotes are usually attributed to teammates, one would think it come from casual conversations they’ve had. Teammates don’t usually interview one another…

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

Oakland makes sense, but so does Seattle. Will be interesting to see what the M’s do with Lopez if they bring Beltre back. Probably Figgins to 2B, Lopez to 1st.

I’ve also heard that the Dodgers are more serious than maybe originally anticipated.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Figgins isnt much of a 2B, and has posted fielding stats on-par/better then Beltre at 3rd the last three seasons. Seems to me it would be a pretty big waste of cash to sign them both – adding someone like Hudson would likely be cheaper and more beneficial to the M’s.

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

Waste of cash might be a slight overstatement. Figgins wasn’t signed as a defensive only guy. His offensive weapons are areas where the Ms are building, and his flexibility to play 2B or 3B at a high level were points of mention in the Press Conference and subsequent interviews after the signing.Hudson’s UZR ratings over the last 3 years are worse than what I could find on Figgins when back he was primarily a 2B, and Beltre and Fig are almost = at 3B. Given the upgrades offensively with Figgins and Beltre, as opposed to Figgins and ODog, Why do you say that he would make more sense?Could be simply a case of Jack Zrdendiuk being coy, but he’s made it pretty clear that he was still involved in Beltre talks. Your thoughts?

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Hudson has about an average of -2.5 UZR/150 over the last 4 seasons. Figgins has never played many innings at the position (never even as many as 400 in a year) but averaged out a -8.5 at Second over his career.

“Given the upgrades offensively with Figgins and Beltre, as opposed to Figgins and ODog”

Hudson + Figgins is an offensive upgrade over Figgins + Beltre, not the other way around. These are the wOBA comparisons

09 – .342 Hudson / .305 Beltre
08 – .358 Hudson / .336 Beltre
07 – .361 Hudson / .346 Beltre
06 – .346 Hudson / .338 Beltre

And Beltre is asking for something in the 10MM range, where Hudson might only cost 5.

So Figgins 3B / Hudson 2B = cheaper, more offensive production, almost certainly better defense.

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

Thanks for that. Makes sense.
I suppose my only issue with the breakdown of Hudson vs Figgins is that it’s been a long time since Figgins played 2B, so there could be some variance in his play there.

Specifically, he seems to be getting better defensively since the years that he hasn’t been a super-utility guy, where as Hudson has been getting worse defensively.

Anywhow it’s likely a dead point, looking like the Ms aren’t in the mix any longer, and probably just as well.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

“it’s been a long time since Figgins played 2B, so there could be some variance in his play there.”That isnt a good thing though. And as you said, he seems to be getting better at third now that he has been given that job fulltime – why make him switch positions again where he now has to re-learn/get comfortable at a completely new position? To get the most value out of the Figgins signing, you really need to use him at the position he has become good at. More then half his value comes from his defense at third anyway. If the idea really is to sign Beltre as well, then the Figgins signing kind of becomes questionable – he has been so hit and miss with the bat (jumping all over the place with the bat and averaging about league average) and would be an unknown with the glove at Second. If he were to post a -8 range UZR and only a .320 range wOBA, then he would be only about a 1 WAR player – not nearly worth the contract he was given.

kevintbach
5 years 7 months ago

The Twins need a 3B. I think they swoop in as a dark horse and pick him up. They have some extra cash with the new stadium.

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

NOOO!!! hes a player i don’t want. if we do add an infielder i would think the giants would laroach.

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

LaRoche or Beltre, they both create some problems with current personell. Personally I think Beltre would be an upgrade over Blake, but you still have to move Blake to make that deal happen.
If they added LaRoche, where would Loney go?

Taskmaster75
5 years 7 months ago

I think the Cardinals would be interested in Blake should he be available from the Dodgers. Prospect-wise, the Cardinals don’t have much. We have some decent starter prospects and outfield guys(which you don’t need).

dodgers_suck
5 years 7 months ago

add**

5 years 7 months ago

Really, I hope you are not a Giants fan cuz they are the worst,

Los Angeles Dodgers N.L West Champs of 08 & 09.

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

The only way I could possibly see a good fit with the Red Sox is if they can trade off Lowell and get Beltre for a one-year deal. 😛 That doesn’t keep them stuck with a possibly very frustrating hitter (although with great defense) for very long, also keeps their options for next offseason wide open (although it would take some trickery to pull off the midseason AGon trade everyone is talking about)

Faceplant_04
5 years 7 months ago

Beltre was is a RH pull hitter who played the majority of his games in a park that is death to RH pull hitters. On the flipside, Fenway park was built for RH pull hitters. Their isn’t a more perfect park in baseball for Adrian Beltre to play in.

Beltre isn’t a bad player. With Seattle he’s was about a 4.0 win player when you take offense and defense into account. If anything Beltre has been severely underrated.

Faceplant_04
5 years 7 months ago

Beltre isn’t a bad hitter. Seriously people, he’s a right handed pull hitter who played the majority of his games in a park that destroys RH pull hitters. Fenway was built for Adrian Beltre.

Furthermore, Beltre is severely underrated if anything. With Seattle he was a 3.5 to 4.0 win player, and should do better than that in Fenway since bunches of flyball outs in Safeco will likely be converted into doubles banging off the Green Monster.

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

Actually, Faceplant, I agree with you. I think Beltre could thrive at Fenway…of course, there would still be some worries about maybe getting injured again? And maybe -not- thriving. I mean, it’s a good point to make about Safeco Field, but we won’t know whether he really will do better at Fenway until he’s here. However, I just think that bringing in Beltre on anything more than a 1 year deal would restrict Boston from so many other possibilities, such as AGon…so I just mean if we see Beltre go to the Red Sox, while I won’t be unhappy with the deal, I will be disappointed because it will DEFINITELY mean that the mid-season trade for a big bat at first base won’t be happening (In fact, it decreases the likelihood of it EVER happening unless for some reason we lost Youkilis…he’s getting close to the point where switching to third base won’t be an option anymore.)

Gibson17
5 years 7 months ago

“Then trade Lowell for a prospect that can be flipped for a guy like Adrian or Cabrera or whoever else they may choose.”

You need to understand that for the RS to trade Lowell they have to eat 75% of his salary and even with this, they are not going to get any sort of “elite” prospect that can be flipped for anything of value. Trading Lowell will save the RS $3 million and get him off the roster…that’s it.

Mitch_Cole173
5 years 7 months ago

I only said that because they were going to get Max Ramirez in the deal with Texas, who may or may not have gotten flipped to SD if the deal had gone down. And when i said trade Lowell for a prospect, I didn’t mean just mike Lowell, although that is how it came across. I meant trade Lowell, $9M of his salry and a prospect or maybe even MDC for a prospect. I personally suggest trading Lowell, the $9M and a prospect or MDC to SF for Stephen Neal, a young right handed hitting outfielder who has high upside, but just came off his fist above average year between AA and AAA. The Sox can use Neal as trade bait in a package for a big bat, or they can just stick with him and see how he turns out.

5 years 7 months ago

lol at the Giants trading one of their top prospects for a guy who just failed a physical in the trade with Texas.

5 years 7 months ago

I like this new system BTW…. As a Sox fan I would hope he signs with the A’s or anyone else. Just because Youk doesn’t have the power to be a long term 1b answer for the BoSox. Youk is much better suited as a 3B

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

Defensively speaking, the Sox would be absolutely fine with Youk at 3rd base and Kochman as their first baseman. If the Sox still look for Beltre, it’s because they try to land an excellent defensive guy who will produce more offensively then Kochman. The real question is: Do the Sox like Beltre so much that they will stretch the budget and pay a luxary taxe?

Mitch_Cole173
5 years 7 months ago

If the Sox give Kotchman a chance to play everyday or even play alot they would give him the chance to settle in to Boston he can be a very good hitter.

cookmeister
5 years 7 months ago

ya im an angels fan, and when he was given the starting job he started to hit really well

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

I’m not sure about that. I think Kochman can be decent offensively but i don’t think he will produce at the rate as the Sox brass want him to produce. That said, i’m an old school guy who value pitching and defense more then offense. I have seen so many offensive ” powerhouse ” falling all apart against a strong group of pitchers that having a strong defensive infield is better option for me then to have a first baseman ( with good offensive numbers ) who can’t make the basic play. In that regard, i feel confortable with Youk at 3rd and Kochman at 1st..

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

“I have seen so many offensive ” powerhouse ” falling all apart against a strong group of pitchers”

If powerhouses are falling apart against a pitching staff, can you imagine what would happen to only fair-average hitters?

Deanezag
5 years 7 months ago

Can we please seperate ‘very good hitter’ and ‘average hitter’?
.800 OPS is considered ‘average'; in 2007 he was above averge in 443 AB, in 08 he was below average before and after the trade, in 09 he was below average.

5 years 7 months ago

Oakland and Beltre need each other so badly. Lets hope he makes the right choice…

Scott Lewis
5 years 7 months ago

A’s, please… the Red Sox are perfectly fine with Youk at third, and there’s still the Mike Lowell issue.

5 years 7 months ago

I think we can draw two conclusions about Boston if they sign Beltre, especially at 10M per year. First, they think Lowell is done and second they don’t like the asking price for Gonzalez.

If the A’s sign him we can assume that they think Chavez is done. Such a talented guy whose career was killed by injury, too bad.

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

Joyer knows Boston’s farm system so that’s a gimmy that Boston will definitely not like the price for A-Gon. Theo won’t be able to bluff Joyer and the same apply for Joyer. The only positive for Boston is the fact that Joyer will know what he will get ( in term of prospects ) if he deal with Boston. If he deal with another team, he will have to rely on scouting reports which bring more uncertainty regarding the quality and the chances of these propects to reach the major one day.

5 years 7 months ago

Well put to be sure. Not sure what a 1 year deal with an option means, because Beltre would be imminently trade able on a 1/5 deal….but heck I’ll take Gonzalez in SD for as long as possible.

5 years 7 months ago

Well put to be sure. Not sure what a 1 year deal with an option means, because Beltre would be imminently trade able on a 1/5 deal….but heck I’ll take Gonzalez in SD for as long as possible.

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

Great post, and I agree. Because of that, I sure hope Boston doesn’t sign Beltre then! 😛

jdkladsjl
5 years 7 months ago

From an A’s fan perspective. I love chavez but he was always hurt, he has to prove that he is healthy .

jdkladsjl
5 years 7 months ago

From an A’s fan perspective. I love chavez but he was always hurt, he has to prove that he is healthy .

asfan2010
5 years 7 months ago

Borass is just playing games, I just cant see beltre going to oakland unless they overpay. A’sfans were teased last offseason by the furcal drama. A’s are better off making a trade for callaspo, headley, laroche, kouzmanoff, etc

5 years 7 months ago

Beltre makes no sense for the Dodgers unless another move is in the works, one that would move either Blake or Loney to another team. I would be okay if they shipped Blake, but I’d rather them not trade Loney.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
5 years 7 months ago

agreed. I read it and was thinking how would it work. To me, makes no sense, unless of course they have another trade working. Maybe something with Sherrill and Blake???

I really dont want to trade Loney unless it is a FOR guy

asfan2010
5 years 7 months ago

Beane will offer some ridiculous overpay llike 3yr/36mill, i hope beltre declines. A’s offered last season furcal 4yr/36-40 mill which he turned down. 3 yr/24-27 is doable, but i doubt thats happens

5 years 7 months ago

The Dodgers should get pitching, but AB can work maybe as a backup or move him to second

bbxxj
5 years 7 months ago

Beltre will not sign on to be a backup, at all. If the Dodgers sign Beltre Blake’s contract will be going somewhere else for perhaps some young cheap inning eater type starter(s).

5 years 7 months ago

Doubt the Dodgers sign him. But if they did, I doubt 1) they could find someone willing to take on Blake’s contract, let alone give any value in return 2) they have any interest in moving Blake, who has widely been credited as a great influence in the Dodger clubhouse by Colletti and the coaching staff.

No sense moving Beltre to 2B when he is an excellent defender at 3B. And I certainly have my doubts about Blake playing 2B. But maybe if Blake felt he could play 2B, they’d start him there and have him spell both Loney at 1B and Beltre at 3B…

I’m not sure what they have in mind if they’re in on Beltre, honestly. Maybe Blake at 1B permanently and Loney traded for pitching?

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

Orioles maybe?

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

The O’s sign Garett Atkins to play 3rd base…

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Atkins said in a radio interview that he was told he could start the season playing 1B.

Latrappe
5 years 7 months ago

Didn’t know that info… Thanks for sharing ! Then Beltre could fit in the O’s plan… Heyman just twitted that the Sox are in the 3 finalist…Talk about contridactory reports…

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

Atkins could be a 3B/1B/LF/DH super-sub though. His numbers (esp away from Coors) dont really point to him being well suited for a starting job.

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

I know, but who knows what you’ll get with Atkins, and he’s played about 100 games at 1B in his career.

Just throwing guesses out there, Orioles must have some secret money to play with, since they’ve been linked to Holliday, so perhaps they could make a smaller splash, but still a splash with Beltre.

BoSoxSam
5 years 7 months ago

Sounds like a possibility with Atkins moving to 1b…And if even a small portion of the money they “reportedly” (but didn’t) offered to Holliday is available, they should be able to sign Beltre. Plus it helps them add a decent bat without having to clutter up their already stacked outfield.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

“the Red Sox are “not a front-runner and not currently in the mix at all'”

So does that mean the two “coast” teams are the Angels (as I think they would be offering more then the A’s) or Oakland and the Orioles?

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

Looks like a different report from a different source say Boston is in it to win it. Who knows.

Anaheim apparently has bought into giving Wood a fair shot at 3B, so they’re out. Without moving Lowell Boston has some serious challenges in getting Beltre.

My guess is Oak, Seattle, or Minnesota.