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Angels’ offer to Beltre worth about $70 million over five years

Dec 18, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

Adrian Beltre

The market for free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is finally beginning to take shape.

The A’s reportedly offered Beltre a five-year, $64 million contract at the beginning of the offseason.  He never even responded to the proposal and it has since been pulled off the table.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have entered a bid of about five years and $70 million, and they don’t plan to go any higher.

Beltre took advantage of the smaller parks of the American League East this past year and registered a .321/.365/.553 batting line with 28 home runs and 102 RBI over 589 at-bats.  He also played his usual brand of excellent defense at the hot corner and is thought to be seeking a six-year contract worth around $90 million.

As of now, it doesn’t appear that he has enough suitors to command that kind of asking price.  The Rangers are trying to work out a deal with Vladimir Guerrero and are thought to be only mildly interested in Beltre.  The A’s didn’t appreciate the 31-year-old’s silent treatment and are not expected to reenter negotiations.  The Angels certainly aren’t going to bid against themselves.

Unless another club comes along with something better, the Halos are in the driver’s seat.

Where are those mystery teams when you need ‘em?

  1. clydeserra - Dec 18, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    It would be idiotic of the A’s not to offer him more money. If the speculation of hurt feelings is true, that is the dumbest reason not to improve your team ever.

    • jobooo - Dec 18, 2010 at 5:01 PM

      Not necessarily hurt feelings, but respect. Why would you want a guy in the clubhouse for 5 years who dislikes your team so much he won’t even acknowledge your offer? I get that baseball is a business, but there should at least be the illusion of mutual respect between parties. Now the A’s will look desperate and weak after making a good offer and having to negotiate against the silent treatment.

      • clydeserra - Dec 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM

        “Respect” is also a stupid consideration to run a ball club. Besides, why would he sign before Crawford and Werth?

  2. stankfinger - Dec 19, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Beltre is the classic example of contract year heroics followed by years of mid-contract laziness and mediocrity (at least offensively). Can’t believe the short memories or pure stupidity of baseball GMs so eager to hand out millions.

  3. kolfax - Dec 19, 2010 at 4:05 AM

    The Angels need to settle with this guy. He plays all out, whether it’s for a contender or not. Angel fans will love this guy at third base. He’s one of the best, I’ve seen at third and will hurt the opposition with his bat. Solid player, not just a hired gun. Seattle management should have never let him go, but then there is a long list of players Seattle shouldn’t have let go. A Multi-dimensional player that would work well in the Angel’s lineup. Can’t believe he’s still unsigned.

    • bc666 - Dec 20, 2010 at 12:51 AM

      He plays all out? Really? He played all out in his final season with the Dodgers. Then he took a few years off in Seattle while being paid tens of millions. Then he came on to a contract year again and played solid ball. The Angels are suckers if they sign him to that amount of cash……and I’m an Angels fan saying this.

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