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Boras: Adrian Beltre already drawing major interest

Nov 11, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

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Super-agent Scott Boras is making wild claims about one of his free agent clients.  Crazy, right?

According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Boras told MLB Network Radio on Thursday afternoon that he has “never seen more interest in a player” than what he’s experiencing this fall with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.

There’s probably some truth to that.  Beltre went on a tear in 2010, batting .321/.365/.553 with 28 home runs and 102 RBI for the Red Sox while playing his typical brand of stellar defense at the hot corner.  Productive third basemen are hard to come by and Beltre should be able to pick from several different offers this winter.

The Red Sox are expected to attempt to re-sign him and the Angels have been linked loosely in the early stages of the hot stove season.

The Blue Jays, Tigers, Mariners and A’s are likely to at least stay tuned into negotiations.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 11, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    There are a lot of mystery teams in the mix, but I doubt that the Blue Jays are one of them.

    This guy has a history of performing well in his walk year and stumbling after the big contract has been signed.

    • pisano - Nov 11, 2010 at 8:20 PM

      Amen , he killed the Mariners , is it time for another killing ? I’d be a little leary of him , also everyone hits good at Fenway.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 12, 2010 at 2:08 AM

        A) Beltre earned his contract with Seattle. The standard of offense isn’t terribly high at third base, the man provided stellar defense at the position, and Safeco Field suppresses superficial stats, especially for RH power hitters.

        B) Beltre’s splits were pretty neutral this year. Everybody thought he was going to Boston to boost his numbers off the Monster, but he was legitimately awesome everywhere.

  2. frankvzappa - Nov 11, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    i don’t know if i would call making 19 errors “stellar defense”, but he makes up for it at the plate…the Red Sox should try to re-sign him instead of overpaying somebody else who may or may not be a food fit…Beltre always seemed to come through in the clutch, especially with Youk and DP out…

    • Mark - Nov 12, 2010 at 7:04 AM

      You make more errors when you get to more plays than other 3B. If you get to a ball another 3B wouldn’t get to and knock it down it’s an E, but if it goes past the 3B for a double you don’t get penalized.

      It’s a crazy system, isn’t it?

  3. Glenn - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    As someone who watched 120 Red Sox games this year, I just didn’t see the stellar defense. What did the advanced metrics show? In addition to the 19 errors, he took out two left fielders, essentially ending their seasons. Loved him at the plate, but won’t mind seeing him go as I don’t think 2010 Adrian Beltre will be seen again.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 11, 2010 at 9:37 PM

      @Glenn: The “taking out two left fielders” comment made me laugh. Don’t think that’s factored into UZR yet. Maybe if you subtract THEIR expected UZR’s from his totals?

  4. apbaguy - Nov 12, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    The A’s in the mix? No way. Kouz is way cheaper.

  5. Utley's Hair - Nov 12, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    The amount of mystery interest Boras is conveying doesn’t bode well for JDub.

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