The Los Angles Daily News has a story about the Dodgers desire to re-sign Adrian Beltre today. It will be interesting to see if new owner-by-loan Frank McCourt can scrounge up the money that Beltre wants.
At this point, I’d say Beltre has passed Carlos Beltran as the most desirable free agent this offseason. He’s actually getting better as the season goes along. 25-year-olds who play gold glove defense and hit .335/.383/.647 in a pitcher’s park don’t hit free agency very often.
I can tell you with certainty that Beltre was at the top of the Mariners offseason shopping list two months ago. He may just be pricing himself out of the reasonable contract market, though. How high do you go for a guy with one good season in his career, regardless of how good that season is? Can you throw $80 million at him and pray that this isn’t a fluke?