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UPDATE: The Angels pull their offer to Adrian Beltre, but leave the door open.

Dec 21, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

Adrian Beltre

UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre off the table.  They haven’t, however, closed the door completely on him, contrary to those earlier reports discussed below.

It sounds to me that they simply don’t want to be used by Scott Boras and have their offer shopped to a bunch of other teams.  By making this public, anyone else interested know that Beltre does not have an outstanding offer.

1:57 PM: We’ve heard a few relatively weak rumors regarding Adrian Beltre in the past 24 hours or so.  It’s been suggested that he’s shopping a five-year, $70 million offer from the Angels to other teams in the hope that someone tops it.  It’s also been suggested that the Angels have “closed the door” on Beltre and are thinking of pulling the offer.  Neither of those reports have a ton of weight behind them. People are just chattering to fill the vacuum, I think.

The latest: Victor Rojas hears that the stumbling block between Beltre and the Angels is a guaranteed sixth year.

Man, I’m not sure I’d want to go six years on Beltre. Or anyone, really. Although, yeah, that seems to be in fashion this month.

The bigger question, however, is what the heck the Angels do for offense if they don’t get Beltre?

  1. Panda Claus - Dec 21, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Won’t the Boras spin that comes back the other way be interesting?

    “Well, no, the Angels didn’t pull their offer outright. We suggested they take it back to the lawyer’s office to have it cleaned up. The paper it was written on was too light for us.”

    This idea of publicly rebuking an offer is a refreshing change. As much as I’d like to see Boras squirm, I’m sure his client will be well-paid by someone when this is finally over.

  2. Glenn - Dec 21, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Boras isn’t sweating. Heard a good quote the other day about his feelings concerning contract offers? He said that they were like curtains – they are either open or closed, but they are always in the room.

  3. Utley's Hair - Dec 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    So the door is open but the table is empty? Not even any Christmas cookies or anything? Damn…the Angels must be playing hardball.

    Any truth to the rumor of a mystery team bringing danish or Cinnabons?

    • pauleee - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:32 PM

      Well, smallball didn’t work to good for them last year. Problem is, the Angels need Beltre more than Beltre needs them. I hope that’s not true but I’m not so sure.

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    As a Jays fan, I hope the Angels fail to sign any other type A free agent. As things stand now, the Jays will get Anaheim’s second round draft pick as compensation for losing Downs. If they sign Beltre, the Jays would only get their third round pick.

  5. stankfinger - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Anyone stupid enough to sign Beltre to longer than 3 years deserves the ensuing laziness he’ll display before the contract year heroics kick in.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 21, 2010 at 6:06 PM

      That lazy son of a bitch didn’t even stay on the field to try to score after a ball crushed his testicle.

      Oh, wait, no. He did stay in. And scored the winning run. Several innings later.

      Apparently being a gamer and playing through injury doesn’t count if it’s a contract year. Nor does it count if you underperform in your walk year, if it doesn’t match the narrative people have about you.

      • Utley's Hair - Dec 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

        What a candyass slacker.

  6. kolfax - Dec 22, 2010 at 5:52 AM

    The Angels need to sign this guy. The Mariners were hurting last year at third because they were stupid and didn’t re-sign the guy. He’s just what the Angels need a great third baseman and another great stick in the lineup. Should the Angels not sign him, well, they coulda been a contenda. Hope they do the right thing. Beltre is fantastic. Angel fans will love watching Beltre.

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