Nightengale: Beltre to Sox a Possibility

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, a Sox acquisition of Adrian Beltre is becoming a real possibility. As per Nightengale's Twitter account,
"It wouldn't be surprising if Beltre falls into the Red Sox lap if he doesn't accept arbitration from the Mariners."
The move would be predicated by Beltre declining arbitration, which SI's Jon Heyman reports as a growing likelihood. Beltre, 30, qualified as a Type B free agent this offseason, so he would not cost the Sox a draft pick. Beltre battled injuries this past season, batting .265/.304/.379 with only 8 home runs in 449 at-bats. Beltre remains an elite fielding third baseman, however, as he posted a 14.3 UZR at the hot corner in 2009. Should Beltre regain his hitting prowess from previous seasons, he could present a nice upgrade over a declining Mike Lowell...

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, a Sox acquisition of Adrian Beltre is becoming a real possibility. As per Nightengale’s Twitter account,

“It wouldn’t be surprising if Beltre falls into the Red Sox lap if he doesn’t accept arbitration from the Mariners.”

The move would be predicated by Beltre declining arbitration, which SI’s Jon Heyman reports as a growing likelihood. Beltre, 30, qualified as a Type B free agent this offseason, so he would not cost the Sox a draft pick.

Beltre battled injuries this past season, batting .265/.304/.379 with only 8 home runs in 449 at-bats. Beltre remains an elite fielding third baseman, however, as he posted a 14.3 UZR at the hot corner in 2009.

Should Beltre regain his hitting prowess from previous seasons, he could present a nice upgrade over a declining Mike Lowell. If so, the team would have to find a taker for the incumbent third baseman – a task that has been slow to gain supporters as a large part of Lowell’s contract would have to be shouldered by the accepting team.

An acquisition of Adrian Beltre would be a good indicator that the team is building toward a winner this season. Instead of letting Lowell’s contract expire after the season to prepare for the 2011 free agent class, they would be committing more money to 2010 and beyond – meaning less to spend on next year’s free agent market. The Beltre acquisition could be an important indicator from a front office that has some questioning if the team is in fact building a winner for 2010.

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  1. Troy Patterson December 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM #

    That's kind of a bland comment. This time of year there is enough false rumors that these comments seem to be an attempt to just stir the pot. He didn't even add the required "an inside source tells me".

  2. Sean O December 7, 2009 at 2:49 PM #

    OH GOD NO

  3. _Marcos_ December 7, 2009 at 4:16 PM #

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Gerry December 8, 2009 at 1:55 AM #

    Personally, I'm for Mike at 3b in 2010, assuming his health, which seems to be fine. I don't get picking up Beltre.

    Seasonally adjusted career averages, 162G.

    Mike: .280/.343/.468/,811 with 23/98/79, 40-2b. 56BB/83K. Gold Glove. WSMVP.
    Beltre: .270/.325/.423/.778 with 24/87/80, 32-2b. 46BB/104K. Gold Glove.

    We would dump Mike because he played injured in 2009, and pick up Adrian who played injured in 2009, why???
    We would clog 3b & keep Youk at 1b for several years, preventing future signing of AGon, MCab, Kotchman, Anderson, Bates after Mike leaves, why? Sean & Marco say NO!!!!!!!!!! I add the question WHY?????

  5. Gerry December 8, 2009 at 2:58 AM #

    Just remembered. Beltre is a Boras client. Hmmmm. M.Gonzalez, Beltre, Holliday? Not smart, Theo. Howzabout J. Duchscherer, Mike Lowell, J.Bay/Dye/Cameron/Hermida, or Holliday at the right price.

  6. Sam December 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM #

    I want Beltre like I want the swine flu and a broken leg.

  7. Shane December 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM #

    Beltre would make no sense what so ever.