Angels Reportedly Front-Runners for Adrian Beltre
A week ago, news broke that the Angels were pulling their offer to Beltre off the table. That move came with the caveat that they were still interested in signing Beltre, but they weren't interested in being played against other teams, real or imagined, for his services. It looked like a smart move then and it looks even smarter now.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Angels remain at the top of the list of Beltre suitors. The A's, who were an early mover for Beltre's services, have walked away after having several offers refused by the third baseman and his agent Scott Boras. The Rangers would like to sign Beltre, but the cost is prohibitive and the fact that they'd need to deal Michael Young or move him to designated hitter isn't sitting all that well with them.
Per Rosenthal, Beltre is looking for a five-year deal worth $85 million. That's well above the $70 million over the same span that the Angels are believed to have offered him before last week's machinations and it is hard to see another team that would hit that number. While clubs like the Giants, Blue Jays and Marlins could use a third baseman, they seem very unlikely to hit Beltre's number or outbid the Angels.
And the Angels really do need a player like Beltre. After missing out on Carl Crawford, the Angels badly need offensive help for a lineup that struggled to put runs on the board last season. Kendry Morales's return will help, but there isn't all that much else in the cupboard to help him turn things around in 2011.