Adrian Beltre Reportedly Looking For Five-Year Contract

Adrian Beltre hasn't been able to get very far along in any free agent negotiations so far, but according to Ken Rosenthal, that hasn't deterred him and his agent from reaching high. Beltre is reportedly seeking out a five-year contract worth roughly $85 million, which would easily beat the five-year, $64 million contract he signed with Seattle in 2004.

The 31-year-old third baseman could be worth the money, as he features a strong bat and some of the best defense in the league. The real problem for Beltre is the current lack of suitors. Beltre expressed a desire to return to Boston, but he was blocked when the Red Sox traded for Adrian Gonzalez, putting Gonzalez at first base, Kevin Youkilis at third base, and David Ortiz at DH.

Additionally, the Oakland A's dropped out of the Beltre bidding when they realized Beltre wasn't very interested, and the Baltimore Orioles addressed their third base issue by trading for Mark Reynolds. Neither Oakland nor Baltimore were considered strong options, but they were options.

In a world where Jayson Werth can come out of nowhere to sign with the Nationals for seven years, anything's possible, and Beltre will end up finding a home, somewhere. The Angels currently look like his best bet. But right now, he looks like a long shot to sign any time soon.

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