BDD: Red Sox, Beltre Can Thank Phillies

At Baseball Daily Digest, I explain why both the Boston Red Sox and recent signee Adrian Beltre can thank the Phillies for the pact:

Due to the Phillies quickly signing Polanco to a below-market deal (and Seattle’s signing of Chone Figgins coming shortly thereafter), the price tag on Beltre was effectively lowered and his leverage in negotiations was significantly weakened. Beltre and his agent couldn’t threaten to sign elsewhere for more money, which allowed the Sox to wait the market out in this game of chicken.

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