Shortly after Adrian Beltre signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox, it became apparent that Beltre left a nice chunk of change on the table. Beltre only got $9 million guaranteed from the Red Sox, a far cry from the five-year, $65 million deal that agent Scott Boras was looking for. But there is another interesting sub-plot to the Adrian Beltre signing. Back in December, Beltre declined the Mariners' arbitration offer because he was seeking a multi-year contract that exceeded $10 million annually. If Beltre had accepted the Mariners' offer, then he would have been in line to make roughly $12 million in 2010, which is $3 million more than he wound up taking with the Red Sox.
One could say that Beltre and Boras took a calculated risk by declining arbitration in the hopes that a ...
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