The rumors were getting hot and heavy that the Red Sox were close to signing former Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre to a deal, and now it appears that they have agreed on a one-year deal worth $9 million.
There is also a player option for 2011, worth $5 million, or a $1 million buyout.
This deal will put to rest the Adrian Gonzalez rumors, as he will most likely stay in San Diego. And it should mean the end of Mike Lowell's time in Boston as well, as he should be on another team by the time spring training ends.
Interesting that Beltre's agent, Dr. Evil (Scott Boras), could only nail down a one-year deal here with an option.
Theo Epstein has really improved the Red Sox defense, adding Gold Glove winners in center field and third base, as well as a pretty respectable shortstop.