Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre is easily the best one-year wonder for the Red Sox in recent history, and also one of the most regrettable to have let walk away.
Beltre was tremendous in his 2010 campaign with the Sox. After spending the first decade of his career with the Dodgers and Mariners, Beltre arrived in Boston on a 1-year, $9 million contract.
That season, he slashed .321/.365/.553 with 28 homers and 49 doubles. His doubles tally led all of baseball and the rest of his offensive production earned him his first All-Star appearance. He represented Boston that year along side David Ortiz and Jon Lester.
At the end of the 2010 season, Beltre finished 9th in AL MVP voting and received the second Silver Slugger award of his career.
The following offseason, Boston decided to pursue Adrian Gonzalez in favor of re-signing Beltre. Beltre inked a 5-year, $80 million deal with the Rangers where he would later re-sign, spending the rest of his career in Texas, but not before earning three more All-Star nods, six consecutive top-15 MVP finishes, three Gold Gloves, and two more Silver Sluggers.
Boston was just a pit stop on Beltre’s illustrious career, one that will likely see him elected to the Hall of Fame. If Boston had played their cards right he could’ve gone in with a B on his cap.