Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes the A's, who had made multiple offers to Beltre, "pulled out of the talks this week to pursue other players."
It looks as if this could be the rare overplay by Beltre's agent, Scott Boras. The Rangers are the only other team known to have interest -- but they'd have to find a taker for Michael Young, which doesn't seem likely.
Rosenthal says the Orioles and Blue Jays could make offers, while the Mariners, Marlins, Dodgers and Giants could use help at third base. Keep those teams in mind when the "mystery team" pops up in the next week.
The Angels have pulled a five-year, $70 million offer, while the A's had reportedly offered five-years and $64 million. If Beltre signs for a penny less, it could be seen as the rare loss on Boras' record, more than any referendum on the player himself.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans