|Hot Stove: Free agent Carlos Beltran drops agent Scott Boras||11.01.11 at 3:08 pm ET|
ESPN.com is reporting that free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has dropped agent Scott Boras. He will now be represented by agent Dan Lozano, who also has free agents Albert Pujols and Jimmy Rollins in his stable. It remains to be seen precisely how the agent switch could impact Beltran.
With J.D. Drew‘s five-year, $70 million contract now having expired, the Red Sox have an opening in right field — the position that Beltran played in 2011 after years as an elite center fielder. The team has internal candidates Josh Reddick and Ryan Kalish, but the club will also likely explore the free agent market at the position, with Beltran (a switch-hitter who could help provide balance to the left-handed-leaning Red Sox lineup) looming as one potential fit.
The Sox talked to the Mets about a potential trade for Beltran prior to the July 31 trade deadline, but could not match up with New York, who ended up dealing Beltran to the Giants in exchange for highly regarded pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
Beltran hit .300 with a .385 OBP, .525 slugging mark and .910 OPS along with 22 homers and 84 RBI this year. Down the stretch, after the Giants acquired the 34-year-old, he hit .323/.369/.551/.920 with seven homers in 44 games for San Francisco.
At the All-Star break, before he was dealt to the Giants, Beltran made clear that the Red Sox were one of the teams for whom he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause, suggesting the possibility of playing for a contender like Boston was “a no-brainer.” At the time, he further explained that he is driven to play for a team with postseason ambitions.
“Winning is everything,” Beltran told WEEI.com. “As a ballplayer, you work hard in the offseason, spring training, in the season to try to get to that level where you’re playing meaningful games. You’re playing in games where, man, the atmosphere is unbelievable, the adrenaline is high, the concentration is twice as good as the season.
“As a ballplayer, you want to be in those situations. Those are the situations where you prove yourself. Whatever happens, happens, but you have that experience that a lot of players don’t have.”
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