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Thursday December 30, 2010 2:43 pm

Los Angeles Angels top list of Adrian Beltre suitors




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Adrian BeltreCurrent reports say that the Angels are on top of the bunch looking to acquire Adrian Beltre, but at this point, it might make more sense to just sit back as spectators and wait patiently for Beltre to decide where he wants to go. We’ve already seen a bunch of surprises this offseason. Nobody thought Cliff Lee would go to Philadelphia. Nobody thought Zack Greinke would go to Milwaukee. Nobody thought Jayson Werth was worth $126 million.

Beltre had an excellent 2010 season with the Red Sox. He hit 28 home runs and collected 189 hits in 154 games, including a league-leading 49 doubles. He added 102 RBI, scored 84 runs and hit .321 with a .365 on-base percentage. Beltre made the American League all-star roster, was in the mix for AL MVP, and won his second-career Gold Glove. All of that totals up to a multi-year deal worth between $60 and $90 million, but that depends how many years a team will offer the 31-year-old Beltre.

His agent, the infamous Scott Boras, reportedly wants at least five years worth $85 million, but the top running Angels have only gone as high as five years for $70 million so far, but there’s still a lot of time left this offseason. While the Angels have the highest offer so far, there’s more than a few teams still rumored to be in the bidding, and this will likely not the best – or last – offer given to Beltre.

While the chances of Beltre signing with an unseen mystery suitor are low, it still might happen. The Angels have already made great strides to improve their roster and Beltre would be the ultimate acquisition for a team who thinks 2011 may be their year again. $70 million and five years might be the upper limit though for Los Angeles, who have to consider their overall payroll for the next few seasons. You have to wonder though if Beltre will help to generate some extra revenue for the Angels, perhaps with a postseason berth or five.

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