It's been an up-and-down weekend in the Adrian Beltre household. The free agent third baseman has expressed a desire to return to the Red Sox. However, the Adrian Gonzalez trade left him without a spot. Then the Adrian Gonzalez trade was jeopardized when the Red Sox and Gonzalez couldn't work out a contract extension. Then the Adrian Gonzalez trade was completed a few hours later.
So now, officially, the Red Sox no longer look like a fit for Beltre, as they have Gonzalez at first base, Kevin Youkilis at third base, and David Ortiz at DH. And the Oakland A's, who have shown strong interest in Beltre, have dropped out and turned their attention elsewhere, as Beltre apparently doesn't want to sign.
And so the question now becomes: where will Beltre go? The Baltimore Orioles are known to have interest and spending money, but the Orioles don't offer a very good situation. Beltre will probably hope to sign with the Angels, who are known to be interested as well, but the Angels are looking at Carl Crawford and, if they get him, may not have room for Beltre in the budget.