The rumors out there have this as a six-year, $96 million contract. That would be ridiculous. Yes, Beltre hit .321 last year with 28 HR’s and 102 RBI’s. Those are great numbers. But he’s 31-years old and hadn’t hit the 100-RBI mark since 2004.
Remember, time flies. 2004 was a very long time ago. The 28 HR’s are also his most since that same year. His batting average? Yes, the highest since 2004. .276 was his previous high-water mark during that time.
And look at his numbers before 2004 as well. This is a guy who has essentially had two years since 1999 that would warrant this kind of contract. This will probably go down as a huge mistake.