Red Sox Adrian Beltre, Felipe Lopez Face Arbitration Deadline


November 30, 2010

Tuesday is the final day for free agents who were offered arbitration last week to either accept or decline. That process will play out for two Red Sox players, third baseman Adrian Beltre and infielder Felipe Lopez.

Both are expected to decline the club's offer, with Beltre's decision a certainty. If and when the Type A free agent signs elsewhere he would likely net the Sox a first-round pick and a sandwich pick, depending on which team signs him.

Lopez, a Type B free agent, was signed last year so that Boston could pick up a draft choice when he departs. He is expected to decline as well.

The Red Sox also offered arbitration to catcher Victor Martinez, who signed with Detroit last week. That signing gives Boston the Tigers' first-round pick and a supplemental pick.

The Sox will be watching for decisions made elsewhere. Outfielders Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth will decline their respective teams' offers, as will star left-hander Cliff Lee.

Decisions surrounding sluggers Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko are a bit more up in the air. Also, several relievers, including Tampa Bay closer Rafael Soriano and Toronto standouts Scott Downs and Jason Frasor, are due to make a decision.

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