Friday, October 01, 2010

Beltre Takes The Collar, Makes $5 Million

Yes, Adrian Beltre went 0-for-3 with a strikeout last night in Chicago, and pocketed a cool $5 million. That's because his option kicked in, when he reached 640 plate appearances. His one-year deal for $5 million in effect doubled with that goal reached. I've never had a problem with incentive clauses like that, and he certainly deserves the cash, with the banner season he's had in 2010.

But it was a very disappointing night for Jon Lester, as he was rocked by the White Sox for eight runs in just over four innings. Paul Konerko hit a grand slam off him, the first Lester ever surrendered in his career, and his quest for 20 wins came to a tough end.

But it doesn't ruin what was a terrific year for Lester. He ends it at 19-9, and a 3.25 ERA. He struck out 225 in 208 innings. He's got a strong shot at the Cy Young Award, in what will be a crowded field.

This weekend will feature a number of activities at Fenway to wrap up the season, to honor Ted Williams' last home run and Johnny Pesky's 91st birthday tonight, Mike Lowell on Saturday, and the fans on Sunday. Here's more from Pete Abe of the Globe on the concluding weekend.

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