Beltre declines 2011 option

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, Last Updated: 4:26 PM ET

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre has reportedly declined an option on his contract for the 2011 season.

The Boston Globe cited a source as saying Beltre has informed the Red Sox of his intent to test the open market.

Beltre signed a one-year deal with an option last offseason and may have parlayed it into a huge payday, as he hit .321 with 28 homers, 49 doubles and 102 runs batted in for the 2010 campaign. By reaching 640 plate appearances, his option price doubled from $5 million to $10 million.

The Red Sox still have exclusive negotiating rights with Beltre through Saturday.

Beltre signed with Boston after spending five unspectacular seasons with Seattle, which had inked him to a long-term contract in the wake of a 2004 season in which he belted a career-high 48 homers with 121 runs batted in for the Dodgers. He never approached those numbers with the Mariners.

The 31-year-old Dominican native has 278 career homers, 1,008 RBI and a .275 batting average in 13 seasons since breaking into the big leagues with Los Angeles in 1998.


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