Oakland is out on free agent Adrian Beltre

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The A’s showed heavy interest in Adam Dunn just before he signed with the White Sox.  Then they expressed interest in Lance Berkman, but he signed with the Cardinals.  Now it appears that they’re out on another free agent because of the player’s lack of interest.

According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, the A’s are prepared to move on from Adrian Beltre because the third baseman has repeatedly ignored their offers.

Beltre has the luxury of choosing a few different landing spots because of the numbers he posted this season in Boston and the lack of quality infielders on this winter’s open market.  He’s drawn heavy interest from the Angels and the Red Sox could get back on board if they really do fail to work out a trade for Adrian Gonzalez.

The A’s were reportedly offering Beltre a five-year contract worth $64 million.  His agent, Scott Boras, can use that as the framework for other interested clubs.

UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the A’s are indeed out and have informed Boras.

Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.

Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.

Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.