The Mariners have just annnounced that third baseman Adrian Beltre has declined their offer of arbitration. Had he accepted, Beltre could have earned up to $12 million with the Mariners next season.
Now, the M’s have severed ties — at least the formal ones. They can still investigate him as they would any free agent and look to sign a deal, but that’s highly unlikely with Chone Figgins coming in tomorrow as their new third baseman.
The Mariners will receive a compensatory draft pick next June.
Lots of additional money now in Seattle’s kitty as the team looks to fill holes. Had Beltre signed, it would have severely limited the M’s opportunities to sign free agents. Now, they don’t have that hinderance and can explore more avenues than would have been possible with Beltre back in the fold.
December 7, 2009 at 9:09 PM