The Boston Red Sox just signedáformer Seattle Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre to a one-year, $9 million deal. Beltre, who belted (pun fully intended) 48 home runs in 2004 with the Los AngelesáDodgers butáhas been on a very large downswing with the Seattle Mariners, who he joined for the 2005 season. Beltre never hit more than 26 home runs with Seattle. Heáhad an average around .266 for most of his Mariners career (not that different from the recently departed Jason Bay's .267 average with Boston) and never had more than 99 RBI in a season. In 2009, Beltre hit .265 with eight (yes, just eight) home runs, 44 RBI, an OBP of .304 and a slugging percentage of .379 for an OPSáof .683 in 111 games. Not great numbers, but passable. Beltre has definitely come a long way from 48 homers bac ...
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