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Red Sox agree to deal with Beltre

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  January 4, 2010 07:37 PM

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The Red Sox have agreed on a deal with third baseman Adrian Beltre, a source told the Globe. The deal is for one year with Beltre holding an option for the second year.

Peter Gammons is reporting that Beltre would be paid $9 million in 2010. The option would be worth $5 million. In essence, it's a two-year deal with an opt-out after one year.

At that rate -- an average of $7 million a year -- it's an easy deal for the Sox to make and gives them a tremendously strong defensive infield along with some more power in their lineup.

Long-term, this suggests they do not believe thay can pry Adrian Gonzalez away from the Padres any time soon. It also would seem to indicate that Mike Lowell will either play off the bench or be traded.

UPDATE, 8:09 p.m.: More details on the deal:

2010: $9 million

2011: $5 million player option or $1 million buyout.

So it's either one year for $10 million or two for $14 million. Either way, that's a fairly economical deal for the Red Sox and gives them a solid lineup for 2010 with flexibility going beyond that.

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