Beltre returns to Seattle

Beltre returns to Seattle

SEATTLE -- Huddled behind reporters who were in mid-interview with Adrian Beltre, Victor Martinez couldn't help but chime in.

"Turn the page, turn the page, you're with the Sox now," Martinez playfully said to Beltre.

Beltre returned to Safeco Field as a visitor on Thursday night. He also returned as an All-Star who is having a stellar first season for the Red Sox.

"In my five years here, I played with the guys that I spent a lot of time with," Beltre said. "Great teammates. It's going to be good to see them again. Five years that I played here, I gave it my all, and they're in the past now."

And the differences between playing in Seattle and Boston?

"Seattle, it can be more laid back," Beltre said. "The fans, they're more forgiving. They used to win every year. Seattle wants to win, and they try to put a good team together, but these days it's been tough on them, and it hasn't happened the way they wanted. It's just a different organization."

Beltre has a player option for his 2011 contract, but can become a free agent if he chooses. Will he wind up back on the West Coast, where he spent his entire career before this season?

"It's too early to tell," Beltre said. "We'll see how the situations play out. It's too early to tell. We have to wait and see what the options are, and what Boston is going to think to do. I have to get together with my family and we'll work things out."