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A's making $64 million push for Beltre

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08:21 AM ET 11.18 | Might a two-time Gold Glove winner be moving from East to West? The A's reportedly are making a push for third baseman Adrian Beltre, throwing a lucrative offer at the free-agent slugger and hoping history won't repeat itself. ESPN Deportes reported Wednesday that Oakland offered a five-year, $64 million contract to Beltre, who turned down the A's overtures last winter to sign with the Boston Red Sox. The A's declined to comment on the report, but they desperately need an impact middle-of-the-lineup hitter.

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November 18, 2010  08:39 AM ET

If ESPN Deportes reported this, its GOT to be true. Anyone remember they reported on the great burrito shortage in 2009? That was a close one.

November 18, 2010  08:52 AM ET

he would like to be on the west coast so he can be closer to his family...this could happen. if so, bring on Gonzo and slide Youk to 3rd...

November 18, 2010  09:09 AM ET

5 years and $64M would be a mistake for Beltre

November 18, 2010  09:25 AM ET
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5 years and $64M would be a mistake for Beltre

Agreed. I'm all for Oakland spending some money, but this isn't a wise way to do so.

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November 18, 2010  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

5 years and $64M would be a mistake for Beltre

Agree, this guy has only been great in contract years and just decent to average in others... buyer beware on this guy.

November 18, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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he's not worth it....he will not come close to the numbers he put up last year...he's not a focal point player but a piece player, when he's a focus player you get his seattle numbers, when he's a piece player on a walk year you get his redsox numbers....buyer beware, he is a pretty consistent player, with only 2 off years. Unfortunately they were bloated numbers in is walk years, every other year you get ho-hum

Ha we both basically said the same thing at the same time.

November 18, 2010  09:55 AM ET

not that bad of a contract, he's always been good on defense. However his numbers would have a huge dropoff going from Fenway park to playing games in the Oakland colisseum. It's not a good fit.

November 18, 2010  10:02 AM ET

Man, the link on Sports Illustrated's website says "BELTRAN" not "BELTRE".

I know it isn't possible since the Mets are stuck with the softest player in baseball for one more year, but somehow just seeing his name linked to another team gave me the faintest glimmer of hope that I would never have to see Beltran again in a Mets uniform.

November 18, 2010  10:12 AM ET
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not that bad of a contract, he's always been good on defense. However his numbers would have a huge dropoff going from Fenway park to playing games in the Oakland colisseum. It's not a good fit.

He was a .260, 20 HR, 80 RBI guy most of his career (Including Seattle, which is also a pitcher's park) That's what should be expected.

November 18, 2010  10:33 AM ET

Another "good, not great" player about to get a huge contract because of the numbers he put by playing in Fenway Park. This sounds very similar to the Mets' Jason Bay deal. And we all know what happened there.

November 18, 2010  10:37 AM ET

click thru on homepage says, "A's offer $64 million for Beltran" HAHAHAHAHA!

November 18, 2010  10:49 AM ET

What, did the A's install a Green Monster of their own in left field? Why is it when a notoriously cheap team suddenly decides to spend money they pull some move like this?

November 18, 2010  10:56 AM ET
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Another "good, not great" player about to get a huge contract because of the numbers he put by playing in Fenway Park. This sounds very similar to the Mets' Jason Bay deal. And we all know what happened there.

Beltre had better numbers on the road last year. It wasn't all Fenway Park.

November 18, 2010  11:16 AM ET
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he would like to be on the west coast so he can be closer to his family...this could happen. if so, bring on Gonzo and slide Youk to 3rd...

Last time I checked Gonzales wasn't a free agent. Enjoy Papi.

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November 18, 2010  11:33 AM ET
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IMO, Beltre is a good pickup at this price...he is in his prime and even in his non contract years he produces .280/20/80 and plays great D....that's not even a bad deal for Boston for the next 4 yrs.

He's 31 and he hit his peak offensively. He had an off year defensively. He was acquired by Boston last year for his defense, and the offense was serendipity. Lightning doesn't usually strike twice in the same place - particularly when the clouds are moving.

If there's money to blow, I'd rather have him than not. If there are other options - and the Red Sox have them - then it's worth holding on your offer.

All that said, I like Adrian Beltre. He's a good man as well as a good ballplayer.

November 18, 2010  11:36 AM ET
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Last time I checked Gonzales wasn't a free agent. Enjoy Papi.

You're not paying attention, son.

Gonzo has 1 more year on his contract with the Padres, and they don't have the pocket change to keep him when he turns free agent. If they aren't going to contend this year, it makes sense trading him for what you can get - as many teams do either in the winter before or the summer of their free agency year. And Theo says he prefers trading over paying lots of bucks for free agents. The Sox have minor leauge (rebuilding) talent to trade, and are great at these 3-team trades.

The Red Sox have made it very clear that they're interersted in Gonzo. And the Yankees are already tied up with Tex, so there won't be any bidding wars.

 
November 18, 2010  11:49 AM ET

The A's are doing a nice job of driving the market up for Beltre's services.

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