Last night Adrian Beltre signed with the Red Sox on a one year deal for $9 million with a player option for 2011 at $5 million with a $1 million buyout. Is it me, or did Scott Boras make the wrong decision for declining arbitration with the Mariners? Beltre could have made about $12-13 million in arbitration, and now he settles for $9 million with a better team though.
I wrote about a possible Beltre to the Red Sox rumor back on Dec. 11th here where I suggested the move to Boston would be good for Beltre. Fantasy owners should not hesitate to draft Beltre as he will be surrounded with quality hitters in the Red Sox lineup.
Bill James predicts Beltre to go 17-68-10-.269-.321-.439-.760 in 2010. I have to think those are low for Beltre hitting in the Sox lineup in 2010. This signing moves Kevin Youkilis to first base on a full time basis and makes Casey Kotchman trade bait or a backup.
In my previous article, I opined that Beltre could go 25-95 in the Red Sox lineup. What do you think?