Could Adrian Beltre be on his way back to Boston?
It’s possible, according to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston.
Drellich reported Monday night that the Sox contacted the Rangers about the third baseman’s availability ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trading deadline.
Drellich added that there are no guarantees the trade gets done in time. There have been no indications as to what the Rangers asking price may be.
The 38-year-old Beltre is batting .292 with five home runs in 73 games this season. He hit .321 with 28 home runs in his lone season in Boston in 2010.
The rumor comes after Rafael Devers was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with a hamstring injury. While the hope is the 21-year-old can return quickly, perhaps even as soon as he is eligible, an argument can be made that the Sox need more help in the infield.
Dustin Pedroia has missed nearly the entire season with a knee problem and there are no guarantees he will play again in 2018. That leaves the Sox with Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez, and Tzu-Wei Lin as the only second and third basemen on the roster.
With Devers experiencing a disappointing sophomore campaign (.245 batting average, .295 on-base percentage, 20 errors in 94 games), it is possible the Sox might like another option, especially a right-handed option, at third base down the stretch.
Beltre is owed about $6 million for the rest of the season, a number that would surely put the Red Sox over the $237 million luxury tax threshold. If the organization surpasses that number, they would pay a higher tax next year and would see their first round draft pick knocked down 10 spots in the draft.
According to Drellich, the Sox have been monitoring the market on infielders as well as relievers ahead of the deadline.
By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com