Boston sure has kept busy this winter, eh? The Sox have signed Adrian Beltre to a one-year, $9 million deal with a player option.
I can only imagine playing at Fenway Park and donning the fabled and famed home whites of the Boston nine will instantly jolt Beltre back to the perennial 40-homer threat he seemed to be developing into years ago, although this does feel like a bit of an overpay for a guy who posted a sub-.700 OPS last year and has only been above .800 once in the last five seasons (.802 in 2007). Additionally, Beltre--whose best OBP in the last five years was .328--doesn't seem to fit in with Boston's emphasis on working the count and taking a walk.
Still, according to Chris at iYankees, Beltre was the top defensive third baseman in the AL last year, and his glovework made him a 2.4 WAR player. Add in the fact that the Red Sox seem to be interested in improving Mariners-style via pitching and defense, and the signing makes more sense.
Ultimately, that the Sox were able to get a player like Beltre to take over for the hobbled Mike Lowell without tying up a roster spot for more than a year will probably end up being a nice move, especially since you have to figure Beltre's a near-lock to get his OPS out of Melky territory by playing 81 home games on a Little League field.