Free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is ready to pick a team and the Red Sox are making a bid. Via a source, Globe colleague Amalie Benjamin reports that the Sox are indeed in the mix.
Oakland was involved but a source has since told Ken Rosenthal of Fox that the Athletics dropped out and pulled their bid. The Angels are another potential suitor as are the Orioles.
More on this story as it becomes available.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: Jon Heyman of SI.com is reporting that Beltre is close to a deal with the Sox. Hopefully Casey Kotchman enjoyed his stint as the starting first baseman.
No details yet on the terms of the contract.