Rumors of Adrian Beltre returning to Boston have been floating around for years. Beltre came to Boston on a one year prove it deal in 2010 and did just that. He hit .321 with a league leading 49 doubles, 28 dingers, 102 runs driven in, and a .919 OPS during his time in Boston. That season has left the fans wanting more, and they might finally get it.
Last night, Rafael Devers pulled up running the bases with a hamstring injury and has been placed on the disabled list for the second time this month. With the deadline fast approaching we would hope Dombrowski would not go into the thick of a playoff race with a Tzu-Wei Lin/Eduardo Nunez timeshare at third, moving Brock Holt to a full time spot at second. Beltre is certainly on the trade block, and was a healthy scratch from todays lineup meaning a deal may be already in the works. Beltre has a full no trade clause meaning he can reject any team he desires. It would seem unlikely that he would say no to playing for a Boston fanbase that adores him and for a Red Sox team with the best record in baseball.
The biggest rumor swirling around is Beltre to Atlanta, but Ken Rosenthal says otherwise:
Hopefully the Red Sox somehow get this done, even if it does cost Michael Chavis who is a steroid using bum. In his age 39 season Beltre has a .292 AVG, 5 HRs, 33 RBIs and a .747 OPS after missing time early in the season with a hamstring injury. He has a higher batting average and OPS than Devers and is about 50 times the defender with five Gold Gloves and two Platinum Gloves. Beltre could serve as a useful mentor especially on the defensive side of the ball. Here’s how the lineup could shake out come playoff time:
- CF Mookie Betts
- LF Andrew Benintendi
- RF J.D. Martinez
- 1B Mitch Moreland
- SS Xander Bogaerts
- 3B Adrian Beltre
- DH Rafael Devers
- 2B Eduardo Nunez/Brandon Philips!?!
- C Christian Vasquez/Sandy Leon
I’m keeping Bradley on the bench if we could add Beltre and using Steve Pierce to get some spot starts and clutch hits. Bradley will be well over his July hot streak and back to his offensive deficiency. This lineup would be a lot stronger than what we are currently rolling out there. Also side note: Blake Swihart is playing third base as we speak this team needs an upgrade and soon.
Second side note: Beltre is great for baseball and could use a bigger audience:
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports