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Casey at the Bat | Mariners Free Agents: Adrian Beltre

Published by on May 10, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Adrian Beltre has been a source of contention among Mariners fans since signing a contract with the team before the 2005 season.

Fans were warned that Beltre, who’d hit 48 home runs in 2004, and finished second-place in MVP voting in the National League had never duplicated those numbers in his career. Following an unprecedented season is an uncomfortable time to sign a player.

Beltre has never lived up to those numbers in Seattle, but savvy fans can appreciate the things he brings to the team. He’s an excellent defender, and while many people mistakenly lump third base into the same “corner infielder” category as first baseman, elite offensive third basemen are rare throughout baseball’...

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