Lots of fans want the Red Sox to re-sign Adrian Beltre, who has had a big season for Boston at the plate and in the field. Here’s the rub: Beltre has hit .300 and driven in 100 runs only twice in his career. Once was 2004 with the Dodgers. The other is this season. Both were free-agent seasons.

Now it’s time, UmpBump readers, for you to make the call.

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5 Responses to “Bring back Beltre? You make the call”

  1. Nick Kapur says:

    I voted “no.” Beltre is just one of those players who only plays well in a contract year. They should only bring him back if it’s a one-year deal.

  2. Baseballman says:

    Beltre is made to play at Fenway with the Green Monster in left! He has more doubles than anyone and it is because he can hit it off the monster and run like crazy. The reason he didn’t do well in Seattle is because the balls going off the monster at Fenway were caught in Safeco… that tends to lower your average quite a bit ;)

  3. Wow Nick. I’m surprised. Don’t you think it’s possible it’s a coincidence that his two best seasons were in contract years? Also, who are these other players who only play well in contract years? Is that a common occurrence?

    • Nick Kapur says:

      Well, I don’t have links at my fingertips, but there have been several statistical studies demonstrating that baseball players tend to perform slightly but measurably better in free agent contract years. It’s nice to think that baseball players should be equally motivated to do well every single year but sadly that’s not the case for all players.

  4. Paul Moro says:

    I think there’s still a pretty good chance that the fact that his two best seasons came in contract years is a coincidence. Not ruling the possibility out, but we don’t know for sure yet.

    With that said, I also voted no, assuming that he’d command at least a 3 year deal somewhere. If you can sign him to a deal that pays him like a .340-.350 wOBA guy, then sure, I suppose. Bring him back. But if you have to pay him to be a .380 guy, then hells no.

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