November 3, 2010

Beltre becomes free agent

The Red Sox best player at the plate last year, and not the best Mariner at the plate two years ago is once again a free agent. Here is the story by ESPN... 

BOSTON -- Adrian Beltre has declined a $10 million player option that would have kept him with the Boston Red Sox next year.

The third baseman will get a $1 million buyout and becomes a free agent after just one season with the Red Sox.

The 31-year-old Beltre led the team with a .321 batting average and a career-high 49 doubles in 154 games. He hit 28 homers and tied David Ortiz for the team lead with 102 RBIs. The option increased from $5 million to $10 million in his last game because he passed the 640 plate appearances.

Boston signed him as a free agent after he hit .265 with eight homers and 44 RBIs with Seattle in 2009.

The Red Sox must decide by Thursday whether to exercise Ortiz's $12.5 million club option.

If the Red Sox knew what was good for them, they'd snap him back up because the guy was made for Fenway Park and having him at third base is better than the walking statue Mike Lowell. But what do I know, I've only played like four games in franchise mode on MLB 2K8.

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