Tag:Adrian Beltre
Posted on: December 6, 2010 10:43 am

A's still talking with Iwakuma

The A's are still negotiating with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets .

The deadline to sign him is midnight tonight. A report from the the Kyodo news service in Japan states Iwakuma has already decided to remain in Japan.

Slusser's also reported the A's have rescinded their offer to free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Once thought to be one of the most active teams in free agency, the A's could end up with not much of anything.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 7:15 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 9:23 pm

Red Sox pursue Padres' Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez
The Red Sox are making a bid for some players who will cost big money, but they also apparently have interest in a big acquisition that would be paid in players.

An ESPNBoston.com report says Boston general manager Theo Epstein has been talking with Padres counterpart (and former Epstein assistant) Jed Hoyer about a deal that would bring big-hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Gonzalez, who batted .298/.393/.511 with 31 homers and 101 RBI last season, will be a free agent after next season, and he'll be well out of the Padres' price range. San Diego had the second-smallest payroll in the majors last season.

Moving Gonzalez is a tough decision for the Padres. He's far and away their best offensive player (while he had 101 RBI last season, no other Padre had more than 58), he's popular and he's affordable for next season ($5.5 million). And the Padres, who missed the playoffs by one game after their offense couldn't score enough to support their stellar pitching, won't be able to come near replacing his offense at the same price.

Still, that's how small-payroll teams compete: Make great, cheap acquisitions, then make great trade decisions when moving them prior to free agency. And the Padres seem uniquely positioned to judge this trade, given that Hoyer, assistant GM Jason McLeod, and Josh Byrnes, hired Friday as San Diego's vice president of baseball operations, all worked for the Red Sox and know their prospects well. You wouldn't figure they'll get fleeced, nor will they make a deal that doesn't bring enough back. (Here is a Baseball America 's analysis of Boston's top prospects.)

Perhaps the best part of this deal from Boston's perpective would be that they would add an elite offensive player with virtually no effect on their pursuit of big-hitting free agents Jayson Werth and Carl Crawford. Imagine how scary Boston's lineup would look with all three.

Interestingly, this news came out hours after the Red Sox met with Scott Boras about free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. If Boston loses Beltre, the plan would be to move Kevin Youkilis to third, freeing up first base. The pursuit of Gonzalez could signal that the Red Sox are planning for life after Beltre.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2010 10:00 pm

Beltre hopes to return to Red Sox

Adrian Beltre Adrian Beltre won't sign with the A's, as it was previously reported today . Instead, the free-agent third baseman tells Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that he prefers to wait and see what other options open up for him.

Beltre also says his preference is to return to the Red Sox.

"If everything was close to the same, I would go back to Boston," Beltre said. "But we have to see. The number of years is what is important to me."

Beltre says he could arrive at a decision soon, but wouldn't name any of the teams he was considering besides the Red Sox.

UPDATE: A member of the A's organization tells the San Francisco Chronicle 's Susan Slusser that the team has made a "big offer."

Perhaps, he's hoping the Red Sox will match that offer, until ultimately taking the money and running to Oakland.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:14 pm

Beltre could sign with Oakland Thursday

Beltre Two separate club officials told ESPN 's Jayson Stark that Adrian Beltre could sign with the Athletics before the close of Thursday.

While any signing is doubtful to happen by the end of the day, the A's are motivated to get Beltre in the fold before the non-tender deadline so they can make better decisions on the futures of Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Oakland is believed to have made a five-year, $64-million offer to Beltre while no offer is pending from his former team of the Red Sox. Curious, given Boston needs a quality third baseman... like Beltre, who made a case for team MVP in 2010.

Beltre is thought to want to play on the West Coast, and with the lack of offers from any other West Coast team or Boston, could be inclined to move quickly.

However, the Angels could open up as a suitor and just because Boston has not tendered an offer yet doesn't mean they won't -- or other clubs. Beltre may be better served to wait until the winter meetings, plus there's one other obstacle toward a quick signing.

Scott Boras.

"I have no doubt that's [Oakland's] M.O.," said one general manager of Oakland signing Beltre quickly. "It may even be Beltre's M.O. But it's definitely not Scott's M.O."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:50 pm

Red Sox getting busy

The Red Sox may be looking to make a splash before next week's Winter Meetings.

Earlier today, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown reported (via Twitter ) Red Sox officials were in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford, and now he says (again, on Twitter ) that the team will meet with Scott Boras on Thursday to discuss Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth.

The Red Sox have been relatively quiet so far this offseason, but nobody expects them to sit still.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:08 pm

Red Sox decline to offer arbitration to Varitek

Varitek Could Jason Varitek's Red Sox career be coming to an end?

While not closing the books on his return, Boston declined to offer arbitration to the backstop, meaning Varitek cannot accept and bind both sides to a one-year deal.

Varitek's return to Boston actually improved Tuesday with the news that catcher Victor Martinez is inking a deal with the Tigers, but the continued declining of the arbitration offer even after that news broke speaks to how cautious Boston is being. Varitek would likely have gotten a slight bump over his 2010 salary of $3 million. As a Type B free agent, he could have brought Boston a supplemental first-rounder had he declined the offer of arbitration and signed elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the club also declined to offer arbitration to Bill Hall, closing the books on his onerous contract that was largely subsidized by the Brewers. Mike Lowell, a Type B free agent, was also not offered arbitration as the veteran is expected to retire.

Arbitration was offered to Martinez, Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez. With V-Mart's trek to Detroit, Boston will hold the No. 19 pick in the draft, unless Detroit signs a higher-profile free agent, which is unlikely. They also gain a supplemental first-round pick. The team is in shape to gain from Adrian Beltre's departure as well, if it happens, so Boston may be more willing to part with its own first-round pick as a result.

The last player to be offered arbitration was infielder Felipe Lopez, who likely has a gentleman's agreement with the club to decline. That gives the Red Sox a free pick after Lopez was released by the Cardinals late in the season and plucked up by Boston for the chance at the extra draft pick.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:29 pm

Hamilton runs away with AL MVP

Josh Hamilton wins the American League MVP, and while it wasn't quite the landslide that Joey Votto's NL victory was, it wasn't close, either.

Hamilton collected 22 of the 28 first-place votes, had four second-place votes and two fourth-place votes for a total of 358 points. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was second, finishing with five first-place votes and 262 overall points. Robinson Cano was third (229) and Toronto's Jose Bautista was fourth with one first-place vote and 165 total points.

Josh Hamilton Here's the final voting
Josh Hamilton, Rangers 358
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 262
Robinson Cano, Yankees 229
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 165
Paul Konerko, White Sox, 130
Evan Longoria, Rays 100
Carl Crawford, Rays 98
Joe Mauer, Twins 97
Adrian Beltre, Red Sox 83
Delmon Young, Twins 44
Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers 22
Rafael Soriano, Rays 21
CC Sabathia, Yankees 13
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians 9
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 8
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 6
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 3
Jim Thome, Twins 2
Joakim Soria, Royals 1
Mark Teixeira, Yankees 1

An interesting note, both of the MVPs made their debut for the Reds in 2007, Hamilton on opening day and Votto after rosters expanded in September. The Reds traded Hamilton after the 2007 season to the Rangers for pitcher Edinson Volquez and Daniel Ray Herrera.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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