Adrian Beltre to the Red Sox: What Are They Thinking?
First reported on Boston Sox Journalism at 4:39 AM by Red Sox writer Gorden Edes, the Boston Red Sox have offered a contract to third baseman free agent, Adrian Beltre. It is reported to be a "heavily backloaded" deal for a total of two years.
This makes sense as the Red Sox do not want to go over their luxury tax.
It was reported over the past day or two that the number of Beltre's suitors had been rapidly depleting and the former 2004 Silver Slugger has been nothing short of a disappointment for the Mariners, so it looks as if Beltre has found a home with the Boston Red Sox.
While not yet official, and although some suitors still remain in the race for Beltre, it really seems as though he will come to terms with an agreement to the Red Sox.
The only rumored teams still interested in Beltre are the Cardinals, Mariners, Angels, Twins, and Orioles; but it looks as if the Sox are the team with the best offer on the table, as far as we know.
St. Louis needs to focus on retaining Matt Holliday, the Mariners have other priorities to address besides the disappointing third baseman, and the Twins and Orioles will likely not match Boston's offer, unless they are so desperate as to overpay for him.
In reality, Boston is the landing spot as of now and to be honest, I'm very disappointed.
Why are the Red Sox so desperate for this guy? Right now, we need a real bat in the middle of the order and just because he had one great year in 2004, that does not mean that he will ever even hit for half the numbers he did that season.
He did hit 20-plus home runs in 2006-08, but he also has a history with injuries and that scares me.
The guy will not hit well, and though some may argue he will fare better in Fenway Park opposed to Safeco, he really will only have similar power numbers to Mike Lowell at best.
The only difference between the two is that Beltre is fantastic defensively, whereas Mike's injuries will take a toll on his defense.
I can only hope that this is not the bat that we expected this offseason, and I understand the closest we will come to Adrian Gonzalez is the trading deadline. But there still are some quality bats out there who will provide something more to the Sox than what Beltre can.
Adam LaRoche, Johnny Damon (I'd welcome him back), Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome, or even Miguel Tejada would be more clutch than Beltre.
Adrian is just not a power hitter and if we signed him to replace Lowell, all we are signing is a solid glove because their offensive numbers are identical. While they are somewhat productive, they are not who you want to rely on as a key bat in your lineup.
Maybe some of those suggested above would not turn out all that well, but I think all of them will hit for solid numbers and can come cheap, seeing as the markets for almost all of them is at its lowest.
Wouldn't Adam LaRoche return for two years and a heavily backloaded deal like Beltre? Sure, LaRoche is no Adrian Gonzalez or Miguel Cabrera, but there is no denying what he can do with the bat and his glove.
To keep this story from getting any longer, this guy is just not the solution to the Red Sox lineup and if he does, indeed, sign I expect either himself or Mike Lowell to be gone before the regular season begins.
There will be competition for that spot at third base, and while I wish both of them good seasons, I can't see either of them hitting .280, knocking in 25-plus home runs and having 100-plus RBI like the hitter we need in our lineup.
We have the proper prospects to make some sort of trade, but I guess the Red Sox are willing to give chances to people like Adrian Beltre and even Mike Cameron, who will probably not turn out the way we expected.
Defense is nice, but you need more than that and a solid pitching staff to win a World Series.
Sources: MLB Trade Rumors, MLB.com, Boston Sox Journalism
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