Earlier Wednesday afternoon, we noted that Adrian Beltre may have been offered a five-year, $45 million contract by the Oakland A's. That was according to one Spanish-language report.
Now ESPN's Enrique Rojas checks in to say that, according to his source, Oakland's offer is actually worth $64 million, rather than $45 million. And, as you can imagine, that changes the picture quite a bit.
A $64 million, five-year contract offer is very substantial, especially for a first volley. It's the exact same contract that Beltre wound up signing with Seattle following his monster 2004 season that saw him hit 48 home runs. It would lock Beltre up through his age-36 season and compensate him well into the twilight of his career, which is the sort of thing Beltre's looking for.
What we'll have to see now is how other interested teams respond. Some suitors may balk at Oakland's price and drop out. Others may ante up. And if the Red Sox or another contender offer something similar, it will be interesting to see if Beltre takes that offer instead, as the veteran has only once appeared in the playoffs and hasn't won a World Series.