Will Beltre stay in Boston?

July, 22, 2010
SEATTLE -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre spent five seasons playing for the Seattle Mariners (2005-2009) before signing a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox last winter.

While he’s trying to resurrect his career with the Sox, he called his time with the Mariners a learning experience.

As he spoke about his time with Seattle, current Red Sox teammate Victor Martinez walked over and stood behind the media scrum.

“What do you want?” Beltre said to him.

“Turn the page, you play for the Red Sox now,” Martinez answered jokingly and walked away.

Beltre, who began his career with the Dodgers and played seven seasons in Los Angeles, said it was a little strange walking into Safeco Field on Thursday afternoon and going into the visitor’s clubhouse.

“I enjoyed my five years here and I played with great guys,” he said. “I spent a lot of times with them and they were great teammates. The five years I played here I gave it my all and it’s in the past now.”

Even though Beltre has spent only half a season with the Red Sox, he really didn’t want to make comparisons between the two organizations.

“Do I have to compare? Because I can get personal,” he said. “It’s different. Seattle is a little more laid back. The fans are more forgiving. Boston wins every year and Seattle wants to win. Just different organizations.”

“I like both,” he added. “Of course everybody loves when [fans] cheer for you. But I come here to do my job and I’m not looking for cheers or anything like that. Boston is more into the game, and here they’re more forgiving. If you’re struggling, they don’t really boo you. I like that. I haven’t really gotten to that point in Boston, yet, but I’ve seen a couple of players [get booed] and it’s not pretty. As a player, you have to get used to whatever comes your way.”

Beltre and his agent, Scott Boras, thought it best the veteran third baseman sign a one-year deal, with a player option for a second, with the Red Sox. There’s a $1 million buyout for 2011 if he has 575 plate appearances this season. His $5 million option also increases to $10 million with 640 plate appearances in 2010.

He entered Thursday’s game with 374 PAs in 91 games.

When asked if he wants to return to Boston next season, he said it’s too early to tell.

“We’ll have to wait and see what my options are and what Boston wants to do. I’ll get together with my family and decide what to do,” he said.

Beltre has been a major addition to the Red Sox this season, both at the plate and in the field. He entered Thursday’s game with a .339 average with 16 homers and 61 RBI and was named an All-Star this season for the first time in his 13 big league seasons.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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