Free agency began yesterday, and we heard from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated that the Pittsburgh Pirates were aggressive for players early. Heyman elaborates on that in his rundown of free agency bargains, noting that the Pirates are showing interest in some surprising free agent prizes, naming Adrian Beltre:
The Pirates, by the way, seem active in early free agent calls. They are believed to be showing interest in some surprising free agent prizes such as Beltre. Whether this is because they are being encouraged to spend more by MLB isn't known.
I don't see the Pirates landing Beltre at all. The Boston Red Sox will be bidding to retain his services, and the Los Angeles Angels are also in on the bidding. MLBTR named Beltre the #3 free agent on the market, and had a feature on his free agent stock, predicting a four year, $50 M contract. That's not out of the Pirates' price range, as they do have money to spend. I just don't see them out-bidding the Red Sox or Angels, and I do...
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