I find it interesting to see what people’s perceptions are about different players. I am an unabashed Adrian Beltre fan. Always have been and I will go to may grave knowing that if Paul DePodesta hadn’t been such an non-communicative geek, that Adrian would still be a Dodger, but I digress (for the record, I think DePo is a great Assistant GM). Obviously, David Wright, Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman are the class of the Third-Basemen, among the players not linked to steroids, but Adrian Beltre is “right beneath them.”
If you look at their seasons based upon their career averages for 162 games, Adrian Beltre has to be in the TOP 6 or 7 third basemen is all of baseball. Is Wright better offensively? Yes, but not defensively. Longoria may be the class of all third basemen. MAY! But Adrian Beltre is in the game.
Here’s the deal: None of them are Free Agents. Beltre is. I believe a fair price for him is $75 million/5 years. If Carl Crawford is worth $142 mil, Adrian Beltre is worth $75 mil. Hands down!