BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox now have Adrian Beltre at Fenway Park, and with him comes a new defensive mindset.
Beltre agreed to a one-year deal Friday worth a guaranteed $10 million.
The two-time Gold Glove winner is coming off injuries. He’ll take over at third base from Mike Lowell, who is coming off thumb surgery and has been the subject of trade talks.
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein calls Beltre one of baseball’s best defensive players. But Beltre also hit 25 homers in three of the previous four seasons.
Beltre will team with new shortstop Marco Scutaro, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and first baseman Kevin Youkilis in one of the best defensive infields the Red Sox have had in years.