Free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is looking to cash in on a monster season he had in Boston last year. Unfortunately for Beltre, while he expressed a desire to return to the Red Sox, they're all full, having traded for Adrian Gonzalez and signed Carl Crawford. However, there's good news: one suitor now stands out as the perfect place to land.
Adrian Beltre has been connected to the Angels for a while, now, as the Angels have the money, and Beltre has a home in the LA area. Complicating matters was that Beltre wanted to return to Boston while the Angels were focused on Crawford as their top priority, but with Boston all done and Crawford off the table, Beltre is left as a near-ideal silver medal for Anaheim.
The Angels are looking to both make an upgrade at third base and make a big splash, as they're known to have a good amount of spending money. And Beltre is looking for a long-term contract with a contending team. What better choice now than Anaheim, who has won the AL West in five of the last seven seasons? It's almost too perfect of a match.
Nothing is guaranteed, and Beltre could end up signing with any number of different teams. But the Angels have to be considered overwhelming favorites, now that Crawford's landed with Boston.