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UPDATE: At this point who the hell knows what's going on with Beltre?

Jan 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

7:51 P.M.: OK, now we do know what the hell is going on: Beltre to Boston, one year, $9 million, with a player option for $5 million.

5:37 PM
: First the Sox were in, then out, and now they’re apparently in again, as Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston is reporting that the Sox have actually made an offer to Beltre, but face serious competition from the Orioles, Athletics and Angels. Earlier, Amalie Benjamin tweeted that since Beltre lives on the west coast, he may just want to stay out there.

At this point, your guess is as good as ours.

2:50 P.M.
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald tweets that it isn’t the Red Sox that are in on Beltre. In fact, he says that Boston is “not currently in the mix at all.”  Hmmm. I’ll have to leave the west coast guess as the A’s until I hear a single other west coast team that is interested. But who else on the east needs a third baseman?

1:06 P.M.: Yahoo!’s Tim Brown tweets that Adrian Beltre is “close to choosing from between two clubs, source says, one from each coast.”  Brown suspects that the two clubs are Oakland and Boston, which makes sense given previous reporting, speculation and whatnot.

Boston has got to be the favorite, simply because the Beltre-Boston talk has gone on for so much longer, and because Boston seems so much more willing and is definitely much more able to meet Beltre’s reported asking price of $10 million.

No, I don’t think he’ll quite get that, but unless he agrees to a substantial discount from numbers he was asking for a mere two weeks ago, or unless Oakland goes well beyond what a historically-frugal team which drew the lowest number of fans in baseball last year seems likely to pay,  there’s no way I can see Beltre in an Athletics’ uniform.

  1. Snuffy - Jan 4, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Maybe it’s San Francisco and not Oakland but I don’t see the Giants paying that kind of money either.

  2. RamboDiaz - Jan 4, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    I’ll believe it’s Oakland and Boston when I see Bowden tweet it.

  3. The Common Man - Jan 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Minnesota? Do I get a belated Christmas present?

  4. Flipsy - Jan 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Well, the Jays need one. They have EE but depending on how bad the burns are, he might be out for a while. Or they could be looking at moving him. Either way he is a FA after the season and they have no one in the system. Nevertheless, it’s a stretch unless the price fell a lot.

  5. Jeff V. - Jan 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    According to Atkins, AM signed him to play 1st base. If that is the case the other team *could* be the O’s. The problem with it being the O’s is I don’t see AM offering more then a two year deal with Bell at AA.

  6. APBA Guy - Jan 4, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    I think Billy Beane would be lynched if he paid $ 10M per on a multi-year deal for Beltre.
    Beltre was a .683 OPS and .304 OBP last year in Seattle, a ballpark similar to Oakland as far as park effects.
    Beane has not been above serious mistakes as a GM: Terrence Long 4 years/$18M; Esteban Loiaza 3/$ 27M; Eric Chavez 6/$66M, and he’s recently fallen in love with signing veterans and then trading them mid-year for the draft picks.
    But Beltre’s defense was available much more cheaply. The A’s had Jack Hanahan whose ZR of 8.4 in 2009 nearly matches Beltre’s 8.8, and whose OBP in Seattle of .311 is similar as well. What’s different is salary: Hanahan made $ 410k to Beltre’s $ 13.4M.

  7. bux - Jan 4, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    If the east coast team isn’t Boston, it could be the Orioles.
    I doubt it though, unless Beltre’s asking price dropped to something like 2 years and $16-18M.

  8. Joey B - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    “Beltre was a .683 OPS and .304 OBP last year in Seattle, a ballpark similar to Oakland as far as park effects.”
    It could be that he is looking at Beltre’s numbers in the previous seasons, assuming Beltre is recovered from his injury.

  9. Adam Adkins - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:16 PM

    I’m not at all surprised that Boston passed on Beltre. His OBP over the last 5 years is .317. Gag.
    The A’s, me thinks, would be better off spending the money elsewhere. His defense is nice and he can slug a little. But a .317 OBP? I can’t throw much more than 2/20 or 3/25 at a guy like that.

  10. Cheap Seat Chronicles - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Minnesota is on the Canadian Coast, right?!
    Go Twins!!
    Sign Beltre.
    Sign Lopez/Hudson.
    Sign Sheets/Bedard.
    Sign Church.

  11. Pablo - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    Beltre is going to look great as a MN Twin

  12. Cirroc - Jan 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    he’s going back to Seattle and Figgins will move to 2nd, Lopez will be traded

  13. Oldtimer - Jan 4, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Beltre is falling into the void created by the Yankees. He is a prime example of the dynamic that is being formed in MLB by the overpaying of athletes by New York. The Yanks don’t need a third baseman, so Beltre is going to get 15 to 20% less that what he wants for that reason alone. Whether he is worth it, or not, is another question.
    He should be busting his hump to get into Boston. He would probably raise his homer total significantly there.

  14. John from Concord - Jan 4, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Heyman just tweeted that it’s Boston, and the deal is close to done. Stay tuned…

  15. John from Concord - Jan 4, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    …and now Gammons has it. 1 yr, $9m, player option for 2nd year at $5m. Pending physical.

  16. Stone - Jan 4, 2010 at 8:37 PM

    You guys need to work on getting some sources so you don’t have to update your own post 20 times based on reporters around the country offering differing info.

  17. Erik - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Twitter will be the end of us all, I tell you. This back and forth nonsense with no backup is just plain sloppy. I’m not saying its your fault, but jeez, do we have to play telephone over the internet to news anymore?

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