- Gordon Edes, ESPN Staff Writer
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Beltre, a Type A free agent, will have his choice of multiyear offers from a number of teams, including the Red Sox. If he signs elsewhere, the Sox will receiver a first- or second-round draft choice (depending on which team signs him) plus a first-round sandwich pick.
Lopez, whom the Red Sox picked up with a week left in the season just to gain the draft choice, had an understanding with the Sox in advance that he would decline, according to a baseball source. Boston will receive a first-round sandwich pick as compensation if he signs elsewhere.
Among relievers in whom the Red Sox may have had interest, Frank Francisco and Jason Frasor accepted arbitration offers from the Rangers and Blue Jays, respectively, meaning they effectively are under contract with those teams.
Relievers who declined arbitration include Grant Balfour and Scott Downs, Type A's; and Randy Choate, Jesse Crain, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, J.J. Putz and Chad Qualls, all Type B's. The lefties on that list are Downs, Feliciano and Choate.
Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.
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