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Adrian Beltre officially becomes a free agent by declining $10 million player option

Nov 3, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

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As expected, Adrian Beltre has declined his $10 million player option for 2011 and will hit the open market following a monster year that saw him bat .321 with 28 homers and a league-leading 49 doubles for the Red Sox.

After an injury wrecked, career-worst campaign for the Mariners last season Beltre turned down some multi-year offers to take a one-year, $9 million deal from the Red Sox in the hopes of increasing his value and taking another crack at free agency.

He succeeded in a big way, and while the deal also included a player option that increased from $5 million to $10 million based on playing time Beltre was so good this season that he’ll have no trouble getting several times that much in guaranteed money on the open market.

Beltre recently put his California home on the market for $19.8 million, perhaps suggesting that he’s thinking about relocating to the East Coast full time, but the Red Sox will have tons of competition for his services following an MVP-caliber year at age 31.

  1. fndan9 - Nov 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Im getting flashbacks to his 2004 monster free agent season..followed by 5 seasons of JD Drew numbers. Don’t bite Red Sox. Thanks for a great 2010 Adrian, but hasta luego.

    • Ari Collins - Nov 3, 2010 at 2:36 PM

      Actually, according to WAR, he was worth his $13 million a year partly because he’s such an amazing fielder, and partly from taking into account how SafeCo killed his numbers. Drew has (similarly) been worth the money the Sox paid him.

  2. yankees1996 - Nov 3, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    I am sure that most Sox fans saw this coming after the year he had. He never really seemed all that enthused about playing for the Sox to begin with, I think he was just happy to get out of the Pacific Northwest.

  3. pisano - Nov 3, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Remember the last time this guy got a big multi year contract ? he went into the tank on Seattle . I don’t blame the Sox for being hesitant with him .

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