There’s a lot of untruths floating around out there surrounding the Beltre situation. Without getting into too much detail, the M’s have the best offer on the table, and if nothing changes, he’s probably going to be a Mariner next spring. Obviously, things change on an hourly basis, though, so that doesn’t mean much. Remember that patience we asked you to exercise? Just a few more days, folks.
In a related note, a lot of people believe that Tim Hudson is going to be a Dodger by night’s end. The A’s would reportedly get Edwin Jackson and Antonio Perez. DePodesta wouldn’t include Jackson in the Randy Johnson deal last summer, so I’m surprised to see him willing to move Jackson just a few months later. If the Dodgers acquire Tim Hudson and extend his contract, they will be very hard pressed to meet the asking price for Beltre.
This should be an active afternoon for other clubs, though I don’t expect the M’s to finalize anything today. There should be several deals going through that put the wheels in motion for the big dominos to start falling, however. Interestingly enough, it appears that Edgar Renteria may be the lynchpin in this whole thing. Should be another fun day.
And remember folks; patience.