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Beltre goes to Beantown

Scratch another potential Plan B off the list.

Former Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre has signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox with a player option for a second season.

A runner up for the NL MVP Award to Albert Pujols in 2005, Beltre could have been added to the St. Louis roster to provide a clean-up bat behind Pujols if Matt Holliday signs elsewhere. He's a Gold Glover at the hot corner whose bat has been stifled by the Mariners' pitcher friendly ballpark.

Instead he'll go to Boston where the Red Sox already have Mike Lowell, a former post season hero the BoSox tried to all but give away to the Rangers last month. Lowell has a bad thumb but had surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training officially making him a man on the trading block.

In addition to being a potential Holliday replacement, for a while he was rumored as a possible Holliday teammate. Both he and Holliday are Scott Boras clients and there was talk of a package deal that would have brought the heavy hitters to the Cardinals lineup.

Beltre will make $9 million in 2010 with a $5 million player option for 2011 or a $1 million buyout.