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On the heels of meeting with Carl Crawford in Houston Wednesday, the Red Sox free agent search moved ahead at full steam on Thursday. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown the Sox are meeting with “agent to the stars” Scott Boras to discuss two of his biggest clients this offseason: Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth. With the departure of Victor Martinez to the Tigers, these negotiations have taken on new importance to the team.
Coming off a season where he hit .321/.365/.553/.919 with 49 doubles, 28 home runs and 102 RBI for Red Sox, Beltre is rumored to looking for something in the realm of the rumored Oakland A’s offer of 5 years and $64 million. While it’s possible that the Red Sox make that sort of offer, Beltre’s career line is just .275/.328/.462/.791 and may not offer the third baseman a contract in line with his 2010 season.
For what it’s worth, Beltre told the Boston Globe that his preference is to remain with the Red Sox, though the length of his potential deal would mean a lot as well.
According to ESPN’s Gordon Edes, Theo Epstein and Terry Francona met with Boras and Werth on Thursday, indicating that they are serious players in the Werth sweepstakes.
Werth, the Phillies’ slugging outfielder, hit .296/.388/.532/.921 in 2010 and has experience playing all three outfield positions. Like Beltre, he is not going to come cheap. With J.D. Drew entering the final year of his contract, the Sox see Werth as a successor to Drew in right field. Although, with Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron in the fold as well, the outfield is crowded so signing Werth, like Crawford, could lead to other offseason moves.