Archive for the ‘Boston Red Sox’ Category

Angels Will Not Sign Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
Joe McDonnell is reporting the Angels will not sign Adrian Beltre.This is interesting as the Angeles had seemingly became the front runners for Beltre after losing out on Carl Crawford.

There were numerous reports of the Angels presenting Beltre with a “significant” contract offer last week. Beltre already reportedly shot down a 5 year 64 million dollar offer from the Athletics. Rumor was he was using the Athletics offer as leverage against other teams.

Dan Wheeler Signs with Red Sox

December 18, 2010

The Boston Globe is reporting the Red Sox have signed Dan Wheeler to a 1 year deal for three million. The  deal has a vesting option for 2012 if Wheeler makes 65 appearances and He will earn an additional 250,000 if he reaches 75 appearances. With the additional of Wheeler and Booby Jenks he Boston looks to be much improved going into 2011.

 

Angels Make “Significant Offer” to Adrian Beltre

December 17, 2010
Several media outlets are reporting the Angels have made a significant offer to Adrian Beltre. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, when asked about Carl Crawford, Angels Owner Arte Moreno mentioned a significant offer to Beltre. Beltre reportedly recently spurned at 5 year 64 million dollar offer from the Athletics. Rumor is Beltre is looking for a deal in the neighborhood of 5 years 75 million. 

Angles Never Made “Official” Offer to Carl Crawford

December 17, 2010
Mike DiGivoanna of the Los Angeles Times has a story about Angels owner Arte Moreno discussing Carl Crawford. Moreno said he never made an “official” offer to Crawford. But said he was willing to make a significant offer to Crawford but was not willing to match the 7 year 142 million offer made by the Red Sox. 

Moreno reiterated his commitment to fielding a winning team while maintaining reasonable ticket prices.

What’s New on The Adrian Beltre Front?

December 14, 2010

With Cliff Lee off the board Adrian Beltre is arguably the biggest name left on the free agent board. The most persistent rumor was the Athletics had offered Beltre a 5 year 64 million dollar deal. But Beltre seemed to show little interest beyond using the offer as leverage against other teams. The A’s finally figured out they were being used as leverage and pulled the offer off the table.

With the A’s as well as the big spending Yankees and Red Sox seemingly out of the question the Beltre situation should be interesting.

Multiple reports state the Angels have money to spend but have been unable to land any of the top free agents thus far this off season. Multiple reports said Carl Crawford turned down a near identical offer from the Angels to sign with the Red Sox. And that was after heavy recruitment from Torii Hunter.

Although recent rumors say the Rangers will make a serious run at Beltre you would have to think the Angels will step up their efforts to sign him. The Angels know they can’t sit back and let the Rangers pull away from them in the AL West. Of course maybe the Rangers are merely feigning serious interest in Beltre to drive the price up for the Angels.

This should be interesting as Beltre is probably going to end up getting in the area of 5 years 75 million. He has a history of playing great in walk years and leveling off after signing new deals. One would have to think there is a great chance Beltre will underachieve on the deal he is sure to get.

 

 

Joe Blanton to Red Sox Deal Near?

December 14, 2010
Multiple sources are reporting the Phillies are close to dealing Joe Blanton to the Red Sox. The Cliff Lee signing has left the Phillies looking to cut salary in other places. 

Did Red Sox Offer Cliff Lee a 7 Year Deal?

December 11, 2010

Anthony Mccarron and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News are reporting the Red Sox offered Cliff Lee a 7 year deal last Tuesday.  As the story goes the Red Sox made a low ball offer to prolong the Cliff Lee Sweepstakes with the Rangers and Yankees. This story shows how baseball is truly a 365 day a year chess game. Stay tuned for further Cliff Lee developments.