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Adrian Beltre declines arbitration

Updated: December 1, 2010, 2:55 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- As expected, Boston Red Sox free agents Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez declined salary arbitration, assuring the Red Sox of compensatory draft picks if they are signed by other clubs.

Beltre, a Type A free agent, will have his choice of multiyear offers from a number of teams, including the Red Sox. If he signs elsewhere, the Sox will receiver a first- or second-round draft choice (depending on which team signs him) plus a first-round sandwich pick.

Lopez, whom ...

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