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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Red Sox - Signed Beltre
Boston Red Sox - Signed 3B Adrian Beltre to a 1-year contract.
This is a 1-year, $9 million contract with a $1 million buyout and a player option for $5 million that becomes $10 million if Beltre has 640 plate appearances. He hasn’t done that since 2006, but it could happen.
Not the sexiest move in the world with Holliday’s contract being big news, but Beltre’s glove makes this a very good signing for the team. The team clearly does not want Mike Lowell anywhere near 3B and would have already gotten rid of him if not for the injury. Beltre, overrated at the time of his last contract, has become underrated in general due to a park that makes his hitting look worse than it is and excellent defense. For some reason, while the general public does appreciate (and probably overappreciates) defense, it seems speedy, up-the-middle players are the ones that get the due for defense, even if they’re not all that good.
The Sox have made some fairly quiet moves that drastically upgrade the defense - the Ellsbury/Cameron/Drew outfield and the hot corner upgrade should result in some of the starters having “surprising” good years.
On a side note, I apologize for the lack of completeness of signing updates. I was sick as a dog for pretty much the whole corridor from Thanksgiving to New Years, which caused a lot of slowdowns in a winter in which I’m trying to get the projections basically done before the end of January and am putting some material together for some possible mainstream writing (though obviously sabermetric-influenced).
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