Agent: Busy market for Adrian Beltre

Updated: December 8, 2010, 2:58 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre enjoyed his one season with the Boston Red Sox in 2010, and now he's ready to move on, according to his agent, Scott Boras.

Beltre said recently he wanted to return to the Red Sox, but once Boston acquired Adrian Gonzalez, it meant the end of Beltre's stint with the team.

"It's a very busy market for Adrian," Boras said. "We're in the middle of a lot of negotiations with a lot of teams for him and they're ongoing."

Boras' plan to sign Beltre to a one-year deal with Boston worked in the player's favor. Boras was clear when he said his client was using his time with the Red Sox to audition for a job in 2011. Beltre hit .321 with 28 homers and 102 RBIs in 154 games with the Red Sox and was named a first-time All-Star.

"He really liked his teammates and really liked the city," Boras said. "For all of baseball, they got to know who Adrian Beltre was as a leader and what kind of player he was. He played there in a way where he got to experience a different brand of baseball after being a West Coast baseball player his entire life."

His time in Boston was well worth it for both parties, but especially for Beltre.

"It puts him in a position to make a very prepared and informed decision about his free agency and what his choices may be going forward," Boras said.

Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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