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Report: Adrian Beltre signs with Boston

Jan 4, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

Peter Gammons tweets:  1 year deal for $9 million and a player option for $5 million. There’s also a $1 million buyout, presumably so everyone can say he got $10 million. Physical pending, announcement to come later.

Gut reaction: something of a comedown for the Boras-represented Beltre who, in addition to wanting $10 million, most likely wanted multiple years too.  At the best, Boras can spin this as a two-year deal worth $14 million by virtue of the player option, but that’s a far cry from what he reportedly wanted. Heyman spins it as an “opt-out” with Beltre able to hit the market again next year. I’d call it a make-good deal that is sub-optimal compared to a multi-year deal just about every player wants.  Tomato, Tomahto.

For Boston: they now have an ace third baseman.  They also have a surplus Mike Lowell on which you could likely get a really good deal right now if you’re so inclined.

And someone somewhere buy Mike “The Red Sox are not currently in mix at all for free agent 3B Adrian Beltre” Silverman of the Boston Herald a drink, because he’s had a bad day.

  1. Gelardia - Jan 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Did Gammons just take a swipe at Silverman? Is there any bad blood there or am I just reading too much into something that’s not there. Not that I watch/read much of Gammons but I’ve never seen him take a swipe at someone.

  2. Anon - Jan 4, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    I’m bummed that the Twins wouldn’t cough up the $$$ for this kind of deal. I suppose Beltre could have chosen Boston over Minn., but I never heard the Twins even mentioned.

  3. Grant - Jan 4, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    I’d say Craig is tweaking Silverman, not Gammons.

  4. Bill@TDS - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    Amen to that.
    So Beltre and Cameron will be making about $16.8 million in 2010 (not counting the buyout)…or almost exactly as much as the dumber of the New York teams will be shelling out for Jason Bay per year, on average, for the next four years.
    Theo Epstein is amazing.

  5. patrick - Jan 4, 2010 at 9:16 PM

    Hey, Craig, off-topic, but over at, we got into a protracted discussion about Selig’s impact on minority representation within baseball, using your response to his “a great year, beginning to end” interview with Thought you might be interested in where it ended up. Thanks for your work here.

  6. Old Gator - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    No, Theo Epstein is clever and relentless. The apparent boundlessness of the stupidity and strategic incoherence of the “dumber of the two NY teams” is what’s really amazing.
    On the other hand, Mike Lowell is a great ballplayer when he doesn’t have to take urine tests. I wish him the best with his bionic thumb and whatever other cybernetic augmentations he has added, hope they won’t set off too many metal detectors and slow down the lines at the airport even more, and assume that after making himself valuable to one or two more teams on short-term deals, eventually he’ll wind up coaching the baseball team at FIU.

  7. BC - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:13 PM

    If Lowell could play 1B or catch or be a third starter I’m sure the Mets would be happy to have him.

  8. teddy rasch - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    Theo is so clever….10M$…actaully 14
    The guy hit 8..yes 8 homers last year. Bay hit what for you Soxs….ohh yeah 30+
    You think Lowell was pee testing….Beltre look at his stats, can you say Pee Test Fall off….
    Big Poppi and he should be good for 20 HRs next year combined…at about 28M$

  9. huh - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    I’d just like to point out to the people (mostly Sox fans) who like to talk about how the Yankees go out and “buy” championships, Boston is not that far behind.
    With the deal for Beltre, they help Boras save face and outbid the “poor” small market teams while it usually the Yankees always outbidding the Red Sox..

  10. Kage10 - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Why can’t the “news” people and the “bloggers” just wait until they have good information before “reporting” bad information? This blog thing is not reporting, it’s guessing and here-say…and overly annoying.

  11. Huh? - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Compared to small-market teams, the Red Sox may be trying to “buy” championships, but you’re wrong. The Red Sox are far behind the Yankees when it comes to buying championships. Last year the Yankee’s payroll was $208 Million; Boston’s payroll was $122 Million. In other words, Boston only spent 58% of what the Yankees spent. Giving Beltre a 2 year deal worth $14 Million isn’t quite the same thing as spending a quarter of a billion dollars on Teixeira, Sabbathia and Burnett.

  12. JBerardi - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    “I’m bummed that the Twins wouldn’t cough up the $$$ for this kind of deal. I suppose Beltre could have chosen Boston over Minn., but I never heard the Twins even mentioned.”
    Can I interest you in a lightly-worn Mike Lowell? He plays third base with impeccable class, grit, and professionalism… no mobility or ability to hit outside of Fenway park, but those are minor details. It’s the professionalism that matters.

  13. JBerardi - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    “On the other hand, Mike Lowell is a great ballplayer when he doesn’t have to take urine tests.”
    You know, baseball fans, not everything happens because of steroids. Sometimes a guy just gets old and busts a hip. I don’t see anything suspicious or atypical about the way Lowell as aged.

  14. JBerardi - Jan 4, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    “With the deal for Beltre, they help Boras save face and outbid the “poor” small market teams while it usually the Yankees always outbidding the Red Sox”
    This is stupid. Plenty of teams could have afforded the contract that the Red Sox gave Beltre. For that matter, many of them could have afforded Mike Cameron or Marco Scutaro. Except for Lackey, the Red Sox haven’t given out any particularly expensive contracts this offseason.
    As far as Boras goes, who cares? He huffed and he puffed and he eventually got what the market would bear for his client. There’s nothing to see here.

  15. Ari Collins - Jan 5, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    According to the Herald, Beltre actually turned down three- and four-year deals to sign with the Sox. That’s… kind of insane. He must REALLY like Boston, or the organization, or… someone’s daughter… Seriously, that’s not only leaving a lot of money on the table, but guaranteed employment well beyond next year.
    Here’s the link:

  16. TheBostonAces - Jan 5, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    Of course he wants to come to Boston, he’ll play behind three stud starting pitchers, perhaps the best starting staff in the game. He’ll be part of essentially a gold glove infield, tremendous defense all around. I mean, the only average-to below average spot on the Red Sox defensively will be Victor Martinez (who is poor at throwing out runners also). The park will be great for Beltre, plus the playing on a sure contender in a potential bounce-back year will boost his value bigtime going into 2010’s winter market.
    For the Red Sox, this is a win. You lock in a great defensive (game changing glove at times) player for just one season with not a huge financial cost. A solid move by Theo and another example of why he wipes the floor with GMs like Omar Minaya.

  17. whoismaximus - Jan 5, 2010 at 7:22 AM

    Funny how the Sux are trying to buy a championship and the Sux fans aren’t complaining. Giving 1-2 year contracts every year and not making any long term commitments to players IS TRYING TO BUY A CHAMPIONSHIP!

  18. Moses Green - Jan 5, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    Mike Lowell is a great person, a fine American, and has recommended that baseball players give blood to be tested rather giving urine. This is his only association with steroids, trying to get rid of them. The closest he has ever gotten to performance enhancers was sitting next to Papi and Manny on the bench.
    If you’re going to slime somebody, make sure you slime the right guy. Mike Lowell is the wrong guy.

  19. Dawnie - Jan 5, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Maybe Beltre and Big Sloppy can get some more of whatever they were using in the early 2000s to have those big years (or in Beltre’s case, year, singular). Otherwise, they’re both toast.

  20. geo - Jan 5, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    I agree Mike Lowell is a great person. At the same time Theo has dramatically upgraded the whole defense of this team.The brilliant part of this is that he has left the farm system in tact! However, for the right bat I feel he will part with some if works out. The glaring weakness in their batting order is the hitter in their line up that pitchers truly fear.Given what Theo has done here is definitely put together one helleva team on paper.

  21. Bill-Sonora - Jan 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    Dont understand why they would be interested in Beltre.

  22. Moses Green - Jan 5, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    I’ve got one word for you: Advanced Fielding Metrics. I can count, dammit.
    Youk is a great 1B with the glove, Beltre is a great 3B with the glove. Beltre’s value is down off his worst hitting year, and he has a nice pull swing to pepper the monstah like Lowell did when healthy.

  23. Zoyd - Jan 6, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    There are several reasons they’d be interested in Beltre. He’s 5 years younger than Mike Lowell. He’s healthier than Lowell. He’s cheaper than Lowell. He’s won 2 gold gloves in the last 5 years in Seattle. Lowell himself has said that Beltre is the best defensive 3rd baseman in the game. Former Sox player Dave Roberts says Beltre’s the best defensive player at any position that he’s ever played with. And he’s taking a cut in pay to come to Boston. It’s a good signing.

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