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A’s pursuing Hideki Matsui after pulling offer to Adrian Beltre

Dec 6, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms various reports that the A’s have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre and says it was “worth at least $64 million over five years.”

For the second offseason in a row the A’s made a strong push for Beltre, only to realize that he viewed them as merely a fallback option and much preferred to sign elsewhere.

In this case that meant re-signing with the Red Sox, although that no longer looks like an option for Beltre following Boston’s trade for Adrian Gonzalez.

As for who the A’s will turn to next, Slusser speculates that Hideki Matsui could be atop their list of targets. Going from Beltre to Matsui is quite a dropoff, but the A’s are looking for a veteran designated hitter after non-tendering Jack Cust last week and as usual they’re having a tough time luring top free agents to Oakland. Slusser says the A’s have also “put in a call on” Vladimir Guerrero.

  1. apbaguy - Dec 6, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Ah, reality. You play in a throwback facility that, even with the best groundskeeping, still has yard markers on the field in the fall, has a tiny dressing room, 10,000 people in the stands, and a training room straight out of “Major League”. Add to that an owner group more interested in profit a la Angelos than winning, why would a premium free agent sign in Oakland?

  2. yankees1996 - Dec 6, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Most of the better players that have come through the Athletics system could not wait to get out of there, mostly becuase of the reasons listed in the above post.

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