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article imageMLB: Adrian Beltre to sign with the Boston Red Sox

By Andrew Moran     Jan 5, 2010 in Sports
According to league sources, the Boston Red Sox will sign third baseman Adrian Beltre to a deal that could help the team keep up, offensively, with the New York Yankees in the American League East.
After nearly trading away the Fenway Park favorite Mike Lowell to the Texas Rangers last month, the Boston Red Sox will sign third baseman Adrian Beltre to a one or two-year contract, according to The Canadian Press. Details have not been revealed but sources say that Beltre could receive a paycheck in 2010 worth $10 million and the second year is the player’s option.
Mike Lowell has spent a lot of time on the disabled list since last winning the World Series in 2007 and is now having thumb surgery. Rumors are flying that the New York Mets, who recently signed former Red Sox outfielder Jason Bay, are interested in signing Lowell to play first base, reports Yahoo! Sports.
Beltre, who has been known as a homerun threat, has increased his defensive abilities at third base over the last few years; however, he did suffer offensively in 2009 as he only hit 8 homers and had 44 RBIS with a .265 batting average in 111 games.
USA Today notes that the two-time Gold Glove winner will adapt just fine to Fenway Park as the left field “Green Monster” is only 310 feet away.
Beltre has played with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners since 1998. The Santo Domingo native has a career batting average of .270 and has belted 250 home runs with 906 RBIs.
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