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Boras: Beltre interest unprecedented

Nobody is better at creating a market for his clients than Scott Boras, and perhaps this is just another one of his ploys. But because Adrian Beltre is coming off winning a Silver Slugger and could’ve won a Gold Glove, and because the Red Sox would most certainly want to resign him, what Boras said recently is worth noting.

While on MLB Network Radio on Thursday, the super agent said he has never had more interest in one of his free-agent clients than he has had for Beltre this offseason, which may be hard to believe considering Boras has represented the likes of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, among so many other franchise-type players.

Boras said: “I would have to say in my years of doing this I’ve never had so much interest in one player. I’m not sure that the media quite understands what Boston did for Adrian Beltre, but I think his leadership has come to surface. We’ve had a number of teams contact us, vastly more than we ever expected, and we expected a good number, certainly. But there are teams wanting to move players to make room for him.”

Looks like Beltre’s 2011 destination won’t be known any time soon. 

Alden Gonzalez

Beltre is free; Ortiz still in limbo

Adrian Beltre officially informed the Red Sox on Wednesday that, as expected, he will decline the $10 million player option he had for 2011. This means that the All-Star third baseman is now a free agent.

The Red Sox have until the end of Thursday — midnight on Friday to be exact — to pick up the $12.5 million club option for star slugger David Ortiz. By declining the option or not coming to an extenion before that deadline, Ortiz would be a free agent for the first time since the Twins released him after the 2002 season.

Ian Browne