Adrian Beltre 'disappointed' over Mariners' direction

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:36 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. - Adrian Beltre and the Seattle Mariners aren't exactly on the same page right now.

He wants to play for his native Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. The Mariners, more specifically Major League Baseball, don't want him to.

The Gold Glove third baseman sees the Mariners rebuilding all around him following a 101-loss season. He sees team owners trimming about $20 million off the payroll, choosing not to re-sign RBI and clubhouse leader Raul Ibanez before he left for Philadelphia in a $31.5 million, three-year deal.

Beltre sees his team trading away J.J. Putz to the New York Mets and says, "We have no closer now."

Another disappointment would be missing the WBC. Beltre was hoping to leave at the end of the month for that.

Beltre missed the final weeks of last season because he had surgery to repair his thumb and his non-throwing shoulder.

He arrived at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria, Ariz., today.

Beltre's $64 million, five-year contract ends after this season.

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