I can’t recall a free agent ever saying “oh, screw that town. Man, I hate it. I’d scrub toilets for a living before playing there,” but I still think it’s somewhat notable when a player praises a potential destination. Like Adrian Beltre did yesterday regarding Boston:
“I got used to seeing that park full in the first inning and still full in the ninth inning. I liked that atmosphere, If everything was close to the same, I would go back to Boston. But we have to see. The number of years is what is important to me.’’
Interesting. So he may take less dough in order to get a longer contract? I can’t decide if that helps or hurts Boston. My guess is that they’d prefer to pay a higher rate than go longer on someone (see, Ortiz, David; Papelbon, Jonathan), but their wealth makes them able to absorb longer deals too. The A’s offer to Beltre is suspected to be a five-year thing. Would Boston go six? Seems out of character for them, but Beltre is a really, really valuable player so it could happen.
It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.