General Red Sox

Beltre to Rangers

Adrian Beltre has agreed to a five year, $80 million deal with the Texas Rangers with an option that could make the deal worth $96 million over six years. The $10 million "pillow contract" with Boston seems to have worked out just fine for both parties, especially considering Texas' first-round pick, assuming they don't sign Rafael Soriano, now becomes Boston's. That was a best-case scenario for the Red Sox, despite now having to face Beltre in the season's opening series, as Beltre's other two rumored suitors, the Angels and A's, both had protected first-round picks.

That gives the Sox two first-round picks and three supplemental-round picks (once Felipe Lopez signs somewhere) in the 2011 draft. Not too bad.

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