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Adrian Beltre to the Red Sox?

Dec 7, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that “It wouldn’t be surprising if Beltre falls in the Red Sox’s lap if he doesn’t accept arbit from the Mariners.”

That would be surprising. Most probably to Mike Lowell.

I see the appeal of Beltre — he’s got great leather — but his poor on base skills, his lack of power, and his reported asking price make me highly dubious that he’d end up in Boston.

  1. Wooden U. Lyktneau - Dec 7, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Is there a bonus for pageviews, Craig? ;-)

  2. Bill@TDS - Dec 7, 2009 at 9:59 AM

    Craig, I know you’re new at this as a full-time thing, but you just don’t get the rules yet. You, the baseball writer, have to ask yourself two simple questions.
    1. Is Player X a free agent worthy of starting for an MLB team?
    2. Do the Yankees and/or Red Sox already have a legendary, once-in-a-generation player at that position?
    If the answer to question 1 is “yes” and the answer to question 2 is “no,” then write up the article linking Player X and the Yankees and/or Red Sox, and your work for the day is done. It’s really that simple.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - Dec 7, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    I don’t get this for the Sox, should it come to pass. Unless, they are planning on dumping Lowell for pennies.
    As for power, Beltre could be just fine in Fenway.

  4. Mark Armour - Dec 7, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Craig, you may recall that I called Beltre to Boston last week. There is his glove, and the belief that his power was killed by Safeco. They would likely want a landing spot for Lowell. Lowell is still a very good hitter, but has become immobile.

  5. Mike - Dec 7, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    So this means the Sox are serious. Lowell can always DH for the Sox or another AL team. Adrian had one bad year. He may still have what it takes. Free agent signings are always a gamble. And this year there are going to be many teams that overpay and regret it later.

  6. Bill@TDS - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    “Lowell can always DH for the Sox”
    That will never happen. Four of the last five years, Lowell’s OPS+es have been 77, 104, 103 and 106. That’s a Royals DH, not a Sox DH. (I know Ortiz put up a 101 last year, but he’d be gone before the end of the year if he hadn’t OPSed .916 after June 6).

  7. Mike - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    So you would rather have Lowell playing third base. OK, have it your way.

  8. scatterbrian - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Beltre’s power outage occurred only last year, and it had nothing to do with Safeco. He went on the DL after trying to play through a bum shoulder, which led to him hitting four homers at home and four on the road. Since 2006, his home/road splits were 7/12, 16/9, 11/15, and 10/15. Combine 20+ homers with excellent defense and he’s worth the $10M he’s seeking.
    The acquiring team just needs to be sure dude wears a cup.

  9. Bill@TDS - Dec 7, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    I’d rather have Lowell off the team. If I were a Sox fan, that is, which I’m not. I’m just saying that they’ll never let him DH (on any kind of regular basis). With their resources, it would be silly.

  10. Mike - Dec 7, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Maybe, but you have to do what you have to do. Lowell will be playing somewhere next year and DH seems to be the best available option. He used to be really great. Maybe taking the stress and wear and tear of everyday playing off him will revitalize his hitting. Or maybe not.

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