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Multiple sources are reporting that the Red Sox have reached, or are about to reach, and agreement with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. The former Gold Glove winner, a Scott Boras client, has reportedly signed a deal in the neighborhood of two years at $10-10.5 million per year, though it depends on who you ask.
Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal reported the A’s are out of the Beltre sweepstakes, so it appears that he’s definitely coming to the Red Sox. Olney reported the $10-10.5 million salary, and said the contract likely includes an opt-out clause. Yahoo!’s Tim Brown says the deal is complete, while others aren’t willing to go all the way to say that.
Peter Gammons says that Sox signed Beltre to a one-year deal at $9 million with a player option for $5 million. He’s usually right, so I’m going to trust him.
What does this mean for Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell? I bet they already are talking to the Rangers again about a deal that fell through in December (Lowell to the Rangers for Max Ramirez). How about another Adrian…in Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez? I guess we’ll find out.