Beltre, Lopez decline arbitration

December, 1, 2010
BOSTON -- As expected, Red Sox free agents Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez declined salary arbitration, assuring the Red Sox of compensatory draft picks if they are signed by other clubs.

Beltre, a Type A free agent, will have his choice of multi-year offers from a number of teams, including the Red Sox. If he signs elsewhere, the Sox will receiver a first or second-round draft choice (depending on which team signs him) plus a first-round sandwich pick.

Lopez, whom the Red Sox picked up with a week left in the season just to gain the draft choice, had an understanding with the Sox in advance that he would decline, according to a baseball source. Boston will receive a first-round sandwich pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere.

The two star free agents on the Sox radar, Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, also declined arbitration.

Among relievers in whom the Red Sox may have had interest, Frank Francisco and Jason Frasor accepted arbitration offers from the Rangers and Blue Jays respectively, meaning they effectively are under contract with those teams.

Relievers who declined arbitration include Grant Balfour and Scott Downs, Type A’s; and Randy Choate, Jesse Crain, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, J.J. Putz and Chad Qualls, all Type B’s. The lefties on that list are Downs, Feliciano and Choate.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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