Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Red Sox And Braves May Battle Over Acquisition Of Old Friend Adrián Beltré

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It's looking as if the two franchises that originated in Boston will be battling over the acquisition of former Red Sox third-baseman Adrián Beltré. The Braves And Carmine Hose are said to be the most likely landing spots for the 39-year-old veteran—who spent one glorious season in Boston (2010) and then fled to the Rangers in free-agency. Since Boston is in the market for a short-term third-baseman (until Rafael Devers can fully mature) and a lefty reliever, any trade could also involve Jake Diekman. In his one year as a member of the Red Sox, Beltré hit .321 with 28 HRs and 102 RBIs. He also had a league-leading 49 doubles. Curiously, we let him go. So far this year (in limited action), Beltré is hitting .309. Now, he could return to Boston for the stretch run—after which he becomes a free-agent (as does Diekman). Thus, because of their three-month rental status, Boston would not have to give up much in return (it's been suggested that Rusney Castillo and some salary considerations with Texas would do the trick). Stay tuned!