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Scott Boras expects Rangers to sign Adrian Beltre to contract extension

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Adrian Beltre is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series, but it doesn’t sound like the future Hall of Famer will catch even a whiff of the open market.

FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi spoke Tuesday to Beltre’s agent, the always-insightful Scott Boras …

“I think Adrian already had a discussion with them, in which he expressed a desire to stay,” Boras told FOX Sports in a telephone interview. “They want him there, and we’re going to work on that.”

When asked whether a deal is possible before Opening Day, Boras replied, “I’d say there are certainly grounds for a discussion of advancing Adrian’s contract, yes.”

Beltre, 37 in April, will probably be looking for a three- or four-year deal worth a little over $20 million per year. He’s wrapping a team-friendly six-year, $96 million agreement with Texas — due an $18 million final-year salary in 2016.

The four-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and four-time Gold Glover batted .287/.334/.453 with 18 home runs and 83 RBI in 143 games last season for the AL West-champion Rangers while playing another round of stellar defense at third base.

Red Sox to activate Dustin Pedroia from disabled list on Friday

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Manager Alex Cora said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Pedroia, 34, had cartilage restoration surgery on his left knee in late October. He played in only 105 games last season, batting .293/.369/.392 with seven home runs and 62 RBI in 463 plate appearances. His offensive stats were his worst since an abnormally-bad 2014 campaign.

The 34-15 Red Sox have baseball’s best record. Eduardo Nunez has mostly been handling second base in Pedroia’s place, hitting a disappointing .243/.261/.361 in 177 trips to the plate. He has also, by most metrics, played subpar defense at the position, so getting Pedroia back will be a boon.