Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Last winter, Adrian Beltre didn't like the options he had for signing a long-term contract and instead signed a 1-year deal with the Boston Red Sox for $9 million (plus a player option he's sure to decline). In their excellent contract crowdsourcing series, FanGraphs took up his free agent case today. The result: 4 years/$13 million per. At that price, the Orioles should absolutely pursue Beltre for a long-term deal. The club has no clear cut option for anyone on the left side of the infield (if Josh Bell succeeds in 2011 I'll happily eat those words), and the club could really use a right-handed hitter capable of hitting for some pop. No, he doesn't bring the on-base skills this club really needs, but he sure does bring the glove. He's probably a 3-win player, making the $13 million annual value appropriate, and he would fill a much needed hole for the O's. This would be a good signing.