According to numerous blogs, tweets and on-line articles, free agent Adrian Beltre has reached contract agreement with the Boston Red Sox. Peter Gammons of MLB Network tweets that it’s a one-year deal for $9 million, with a player option for $5 million. And more from the Boston Globe.
The Mariners have kept channels of communication open with Beltre and his agent, Scott Boras, ever since Beltre declined their arbitration offer on Dec. 7. But the Red Sox, who clearly never planned to have Mike Lowell back at third, always seemed the front-runners.
The Mariners now get a supplemental draft pick after the first round — which will be their first draft pick, because they lost their first-rounder to the Angels for signing Chone Figgins.
This would also seem to cinch Figgins’ spot as their regular third baseman. Had Beltre re-signed, Figgins would have played second, and Jose Lopez presumably would have shifted to first. Lopez as a first baseman is still an option if they sign a second baseman (Orlando Hudson?). Or the Mariners could sign or trade for a first baseman (Adam LaRoche?). Many possibilities are still left for Jack Zduriencik.