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Oakland Appears To Be Out Of Beltre Bidding

The A's appear to be out of the Adrian Beltre sweepstakes altogether, reports Buster Olney of ESPN (via Twitter).  The third baseman has previously indicated a desire to play elsewhere and Oakland seems to be focused on other targets.

A few weeks ago, Oakland reportedly offered Beltre a five-year, $64MM deal which is equivalent to what he signed with the Mariners prior to the 2005 season.  However, the third baseman's camp was reportedly seeking something similar to the five-year, $90MM deal that Torii Hunter signed with the Angels prior to the 2008 season.

With Adrian Gonzalez no longer Boston bound, it would seem that the door is once again open to Beltre's return.  Had the BoSox landed Gonzalez, they would have shifted Kevin Youkilis to third, filling his position.  Of course, the Red Sox and Padres could still rekindle the trade talks, leaving the third baseman without a spot to fill in Beantown.








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