Ok, well maybe that's a little harsh to call Scott Boras: Satan. How about Lucifer? Ok, I'll stop. But that's what I've heard Boras referred to as before, along with other things like this and this. That picture still gives me the cold shivers. but if I was a pro baseball player, you know who'd I have representing me. That guy pictured above with Beltre because I would be getting paaaaiiiiddd.
As you can see by the photo, Beltre, along with his agent, met with the Boston media today.
Here's some video of it from Boston.com ...
Michael Silverman also had this column on defense, and defensive metrics for the Herald.
Better information means better reasons to back up roster decisions.
And whenever wins and losses can be better correlated with dollars and cents, it’s not hard to get the attention of organizations.
New and better tools are coming down the pike, too.And thanks to my boy Jeff Evans of the Mariners, we all have a transcript from Beltre and Sox GM Theo Epstein from today's press conference.
Red Sox GM Theo Epstein on Beltre:
Early in the winter we talked to Scott and told him we thought it was a good fit and we agreed to stay in touch throughout the whole winter. Markets develop and then things picked up after the winter meeting but our interest in Adrian goes way back. During his time with the Dodgers we were in discussions back then about a four player trade that never materialized. Then when Adrian hit free agency for the first time we had a lot of interest in him. We actually considered trying to sign him and play him at shortstop for one year and moving him over to third. He ended up going to Seattle and we had to play against him for five years and we're very happy it ended up working out shortly after the New Year.
It's true I had many multi-year offers but I made the decision to come here and take my chances to be on a team that has a legitimate chance to get to the World Series. I've been in the big leagues for eleven years and I've only been in the playoffs once. Its part of my career that I want to have a chance to be more involved in. I like my chances, I like the organization, I like what's going on here. I think the team is built to win and it's the decision that I made and I'm really happy about it.Beltre on his health:
Obviously, I passed the physically so I'm good. I'm 100%, my health is good. I'm really excited to come out and prove that I'm healthy and contribute to this team and hopefully win the World Series here.Beltre on his defense:
I take pride in my defense even though I would like more on the offensive side. I work hard on my defense and it's something that I take pride in. I work on it but it's nothing that I want to brag about. It's part of my game and I'm proud every part of the game.Epstein on Beltre as a third baseman:
Adrian's reputation as one of the best defenders in the game period, let alone one of the best defensive third baseman is well known. He's got all the attributes that you look for in a third baseman. He's got quickness, he's got great hands, his feet are tremendous. A great arm and very quick release, his signature play coming in on balls he probably does better than anybody maybe in the history of the game. He attacks the baseball and is really a weapon defensively.
We're looking forward to having him help our run prevention. But as Adrian said, he's not just a defender. He's got the ability to be a very well rounded player, in fact a leader on the team, and we look forward to having him help our club win in all phases of the game this year.Boras on the appeal of this contract for Beltre:
With a lot of players you really don't see teams come and offer players three-year deals coming off an injury season. I think Adrian received three or as many as four teams that were interested. It says a little bit about his skills. And the fact that with Seattle, Adrian put up numbers that are just really rare for an infielder with 25 home runs three years in a row and mid 80's in RBI's.
The interesting side of this was that when Theo approached us early on, Boston has always had an understanding of who Adrian is as a player and that's something we've always agreed upon. We also felt that the metrics of the ballpark and where Adrian's at in his career and the fact that Saundra has now had two children and their family is a little further along that being a West Coast family coming to the East Coast was a comfortable time for the Beltre family to do this and the desire to win. It's something where Adrian's been very successful at a young age.
Economically he can afford to turn down guaranteed money to come here in a one year situation. Theo and I have learned a little bit more about the collective bargaining agreement, how to do things to manage this deal and to put a creative venture together. I think we've built a great stage here and there's a chance to this rocket to take off.
Beltre on his numbers last year:
Last year I wasn't really healthy. I played through an injury that I found out was worse than expected. Then after that it took me a little longer to regroup and get my body back where it was supposed to be. It was a little tough but I got through it and thank God that I'm healthy now and I'm excited to stay healthy this year.
Beltre on the Mariners efforts to re-sign him and playing in Safeco:
This is a business and I was told that they had interest in me going back there and it didn't happen. This is a side of business. We talked for a while with Jack and it didn't work out.
I hope it helped. There are some parts of Safeco that can be frustrating. It's a beautiful ballpark but as a hitter sometimes you make contact and you expect a little better result. Sometimes you hit a ball that you think is going to be a gapper or a maybe a homer and it ends up being out so the next at-bat you think about trying to hit a little harder and that's when the problems come and creates the habits and maybe that's something that won't happen here.
Epstein on defense:
We've always taken the approach that a run prevented is as valuable as a run scored. With the players that we're looking for, the best players are the ones that help you score a lot of runs and help you prevent runs at the same time, well rounded players, and I think Adrian fits that bill for us. I think looking forward to our club next year; I hope we have a better all around club than we had this year where our defense was really our Achilles heel last year. If everything goes according to plan we can put out one of the best defensive units in baseball next year. It should help our pitching staff and the challenge will be to score more than enough runs to make that count and I think we'll do that.Epstein on Beltre fitting in at Fenway and fan reaction:
We think Fenway is a fit for Adrian. It's hard to emphasize just how much Safeco deflates offensive performance for right-handed power hitters. It's a tough place to hit, Mike Cameron talked about it when he was in here, it's a difficult place to put up any kind of numbers. Left field, left center field, center field, even if you hit the ball to the opposite field it's hard to get rewarded as a right-handed hitter there.
Obviously Fenway's a nice place to hit if you can elevate the ball to the pull side. It also doesn't take away from a nice opposite field stroke. Adrian's natural swing sometimes is to the opposite field and pull side elevation will obviously be rewarded. We think it'll be a nice fit.
Just getting out of Safeco even more so than getting to Fenway is significant if you look at Adrian's road performance over the years it's very impressive what he's done outside of Safeco. And even before that he was in a pitchers park in Dodgers Stadium so it'll be a nice change for him. And as he said, it's more than just numbers, it's a mindset and confidence and its effect on the whole ballclub.
As far as Red Sox fans, those who have stayed up late to watch us play out in Seattle have seen Adrian make some great plays against us over the years and beat us with a few home runs, one of the inside the park variety.
I think Adrian is the type of player you have to see day in and day out to appreciate not only what he does at third base and his ability to help us win games with a bat in his hand but also the type of person that he is, his leadership skills, and how hard he plays and how passionate he is about the game, I think he's going to fit in with the Pedroia's and the Youkilis' of the world on this club and really help us have the right mindset day in and day out as we grind towards what we hope will be our 95 wins and our playoff berth and our chance to win a World Series.
Beltre on getting to play with David Ortiz:
I know him really well, we actually grew up about twenty minutes apart and I knew him before he got to the states. I'm excited to play with him. I know he's a loving great guy, a great teammate. I got the opportunity to play with him in the classic in '06 and I'm really looking forward to it.
Beltre on Joe Maddon saying he's the best third baseman in baseball:
That's not for me to say. I take pride in my defense but one thing I know about myself is that I'm going to give you all I've got in every play so that's the way I play. I'm flattered that coaches that have seen me play have that opinion of me but it's not for me to tell. I think that if I work hard and I give everything I've got on every play something will come out of it.