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The A's are talking with Adrian Beltre

Dec 26, 2009, 9:39 AM EDT

The Justin Duchscherer-to-the-A’s thing makes sense to me. He’s cheap and he’s familiar and even if things get sideways sometimes this season, he’d be easy to trade or release.

But Adrian Beltre?

It’s being reported that the A’s are talking to him too (Buster Olney says it’s a “serious look”).  Which seems kind of nuts given that he’s a Boras client who thinks he’s due a minimum of $10 million over several years.  Are the A’s really going to do something like that?  Though the unraveling of the Mike Lowell trade might have made Beltre’s assumed landing spot a bit more complicated — which may have inspired Billy Beane to place a phone call –I’d be shocked if him and Oakland went anywhere.

  1. APBA Guy - Dec 26, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    I’d be shocked if Beltre came to the A’s also. The Crisp deal, which makes very little sense (unless you believe Beane’s setting him up for a mid-season trade for more prospects) at least fits the A’s revenue structure (one year @ $ 5M).
    A Beltre deal could not happen unless Boras has received zero interest in Beltre at anything close to his asking price and is willing to do a 1 year, $ 5M deal to “rebuild” interest in Beltre.
    In fact, the A’s already had a good-field, no-hit 3B that they traded to Seattle last year: Jack Hanahan. Seattle brought him in because Beltre was injured.
    Beltre ‘s last 3 OPS’s:
    2007: .801 in 149 games
    2008: .784 in 143 games
    2009: .683 in 111 games
    Figgin’s last 3 OPS:
    2007: .825 in 115 games
    2008: .685 in 116 games
    2009: .788 in 158 games
    Figgins received $ 9M per year from Seattle over 4 years. His OBP component of OPS was nearly .385 vs. Beltre’s .310 over those years.

  2. scatterbrian - Dec 27, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    “a 1 year, $ 5M deal to “rebuild” interest in Beltre.”
    I figure the same thing is going to happen, but I can’t imagine Beltre or Boras think that’s going to happen in Oakland.

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