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Red Sox talking to Boras about Beltre

Dec 29, 2009, 9:11 PM EDT

The Boston Red Sox said goodbye to Jason Bay today, and with a good dose of humor in some corners.

So what do the Red Sox do now? According to Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston, they are keeping a quiet dialogue going with agent Scott Boras about free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Now the Red Sox already have an expensive third baseman in Mike Lowell, and as much as Theo Epstein might wish otherwise, the deal sending Lowell to the Rangers did not go through. Of course, given the fallout after the trade fell apart, I’m not sure Epstein cares. It seems that Mike Lowell’s days in Boston are likely done.

But even if the Sox do simply dump Lowell, they will still have to pay him, and the Red Sox have shown no inclination to pay the luxury tax next season, further complicating matters.
The guess here is that Theo Epstein is simply letting Boras know he’s still interested, and that he’d like a phone call should Beltre’s asking price of $10-$15 million per year drop down to a more sensible level.

Beltre, by the way, would be a great fit at Fenway. Few third basemen are better than he is defensively, and one would expect his power numbers to gain at least a little boost by exchanging spacious Safeco for the Green Monster in left field.

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  1. hc - Dec 29, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Boston sucks and will always go yanks

  2. Dreadest - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    HC go suck it. The yanks suck donkey balls and everyone knows it… Go SOX!!!!

  3. MIKE - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:30 PM

    Yanks dont have time to suck donkey balls, theyre too busy celebrating a championship. Something the Fluke Sox wont do for a long time.

  4. JPW - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    You go, Dreadest. Sox r the best!

  5. MMason - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Beltre’s power numbers will only go up if weak ground balls to shortstop start counting as doubles. Haven’t been to Fenway but I don’t think the Green Monster is quite that close. All his years in Seattle he was one of the most consistent I have ever seen at not hitting the ball hard with men in scoring position. Good glove, but hardly worth anything near what he is asking. Mariner’s were delighted to be rid of him.

  6. paul - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    Boston should stick with what they have. Kotchman at first and Youklis at third,both excellent defensive players as well as capable hitters. Lowell can be used as a back -up both at third and DH. Lowell has been so loyal to the Sox and accepted a smaller contract than he probably could have commanded on the free agent market following the 2007 series because he wanted to stay in Boston. Now they want to just throw him out.Some thanks for an all star who is still capable.

  7. JPW - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:38 PM

    Yanks are a bunch of high paid prima donnas. They’re lucky they won but that doesn’t mean anything. They still suck and always will. :P

  8. Brewdog - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Hey MIKE, It only cost them yankees 220 million this year to buy the World Series. So much for fair sportsmanship.

  9. Arendell - Dec 29, 2009 at 10:52 PM

    Well well. J-Bay is finaly gone. A secod round draft pick is all Boston can get. (wanted a first). Good luck Mets! Now I can see the Sox going after either A-B. or Matt H. Same agent! We could use either. But getting Beltre, a gold glove qty at 3rd may be better than an above avg all round out feilder in Matt H.
    note: Matt H. has chocked in the play off’s once so far. Do we really want him???

  10. hop2171 - Dec 30, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    God i hope the redsuks sign this loser, that lineup doesnt scare anyone and adding this bum will make it even softer! Please do it theo!! And keep big sloppy hitting 4th too!! Maybe he can hit his weight this year but i doubt it! hahahaha how does that grab ya deadstreet?

  11. MIKE - Dec 30, 2009 at 1:27 AM

    I know the Sox never bought anything. Look at their 2004 team, get back to me about all that home grown talent they didnt use that year.

  12. tk1966 - Dec 30, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    I know you are, but what am I?
    (just wanted to get into the sandbox level of taunts and retorts going on in here…)

  13. Bill Bak - Dec 30, 2009 at 2:41 AM

    Ok mike two players were homegrown back in 2004 but in 2007 the number was NINE. When did the Yanks ever have five or more players come from their minors in one season. You can only count Joba the Hut as one player even though he might weigh as much as two players. Lets be real though, the Yanks spent nearly 3 Billion (that is BILLION!) in the time it took them to win two world series in the first decade after the turn of the century. On a side note, 2002 must of really hurt! So close, only to choke like an overpaid dog, then watch the Red Sox win it all! And yes the Sox have choked before but never 3 games up. For all the $h!t Yankee fans give us Red Sox they should all remember that without us they would just be another team that has won championships after another but with out a true rival you would just be forgettable like UNC womens soccer.

  14. Don - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:44 AM

    Let’s see Bill Bak..how’s this list? Jeter, Pettitte, Bush, Lowell (Yep, that Lowell), Bush, Ledee, Spencer, Williams, Posada, Rivera, Mendoza and others in ’98 alone..when you have a story to spin come back and spin it.

  15. Eat a Peach - Dec 30, 2009 at 5:57 AM

    It’s funny how hop is so critical of other people’s writing. No wait, it’s ironical. Hop’s writing looks like that of some 3rd grader who can’t figure out where the shift button is. The excessive exclamation points combine with the childish spelling and haterish demeanor to equal a sub-literate sub-moronic jackhole. Pearlman printed your hate to expose you to a larger audience as an absolute waste of everyone else’s oxygen. The world would be better off if you stuck your Hop Head in the oven and turned on the gas. Stop posting, and please also stop breathing.

  16. Mal Tempo - Dec 30, 2009 at 7:20 AM

    Laughable report. Red Sox will not work with Boras and will not pay for Beltre. They may be looking to unload Ellsbury because Boras is his agent. They are stuck with two other Boras clients for now (Drew & Matsusaka).

  17. hop2171 - Dec 30, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    Just like you Pearlman is worthless and i had the guts to call him on it. Also i think you might want to figure out “critical of other people’s writing” means exactly cause all i did was comment on what a pathetic (see yourself for example) signing Belte would be. Now you dont have to go away crying like a little girl just like jeff did (got the letter to prove that too) but you should go away until you have a clue and i hope your legs grow together. Enjoy the hollidays Chump!

  18. SoxDude - Dec 30, 2009 at 7:45 AM

    is there a player they don’t say is a GREAT fit for Fenway?
    Beltre is a steroids case who will jerry’s son back in business selling steroids to red sox players as this story showed http://bit.ly/redsoxsteroids check out that musclehead.

  19. Bernie - Dec 30, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Know who Sox need? Manny. They haven’t been the same since he left. Neither has Big Steroid er Papi. Gee, what a coincidence. Manny leaves and Papi stinks. Could it be that Ortiz isn’t the same because his supplier left?

  20. Eat a Peach - Dec 30, 2009 at 8:53 AM

    Look, now CTB not only fails to screen comments for content and language, now they freely promote spam for the second time in a week with Cash Advance. Nice work. Newsvine laughs at you. Again.

  21. ronjon - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Without Bay and Ortiz still sucks that leaves 3 major league players – Bucket head, Peanut and VM. This team is has an offensive offense.
    Pawtucket would give them a good run for there money.

  22. Seattle Fan - Dec 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Hey – you Yankee fans are the most obnoxious group ever. I have no interest in the Sox of Yankees, but couldnt resist commenting after reading this pathetic blog. Yankees bought a championship finally after how many years of overpaying for losers. So they won, big deal. Now it means we have to listen to you obnoxious group of pathetic whiners for a year.
    I root for anyone that beats the NY teams – period.

  23. CommonNow - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    CAN WE GET BACK TO BASEBALL FOLKS?!
    With Bay gone the anemic Bosox offense just had its throat cut.
    Theo has backed himself into a corner and the agents know it. He’ll have to pay top $ for whomever he gets from here on out. He’ll get some high average player for top-top dollars. Strapping the team’s payroll. The Sox are in a downward spiral. The agents know the team is desparate this year AND next year. Assuming wisdom kicks in and some good moves are made look to 2012 or 2013 before the sox could be competitive again.
    PREDICTION: Bosox lose out on their coveted Wild Card to a team that nobody expected to compete in 2010. Bosox do not go to the playoffs in 2010.

  24. Andy - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Why dont you stick with your crowd of jacks that support the yankees. Why bring your crap to a Red Sox column.

  25. All's Fair? - Dec 30, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    How many players Red Sox players have been linked to Steroids? Manny and Ortiz? A whole 2?
    If I recall, the Yankees had 2 players linked as well….A-Rod and Pettite.
    If that’s not the pot calling the kettle black….
    Big money teams don’t need home-grown talent to win. They buy what they need to. The Yankees just happen to have more money to do this with. If any other team had their revenue base they’d do the same thing.
    The Yankees need to start thinking about finding some younger talent to infuse into that line-up soon. Jeter, Posada, and A-Rod won’t be able to carry it much longer.
    The Red Sox need to find a decent bat to insert into the middle of the line-up too. Ortiz doesn’t have much left, and Victor Martinez (while a great hitter) isn’t the protection Ortiz would need to produce again.
    Get over it and watch what happens come spring.

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