Major League Baseball Spring Training kicked off less than two weeks ago, but the real estate dealings of some of the League's big-name players have been making news for months now. As their NFL compatriots fan themselves in over-the-top digs with, say, lighted disco rooms, billionaire Red Sox owner John Henry is currently building a monstrosity outside Boston, Derek Jeter is doing something similar in Florida, and there are too many A-Rod shenanigans to count. Not all ball players prefer such splashiness, though. Take St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran. The former Met just listed his sober family home on the Gold Coast of Long Island, a region he chose in the first place because city life proved too hectic. Given that this is the home of a pro athlete, $5.8M seems downright modest.
? Another former East Coaster headed to parts Midwest, pitcher Derek Lowe put his Atlanta pad on the market in early February in anticipation of his trade from the Braves to the Cleveland Indians. Opting for a gentle French country-style five-bedroom instead of a brassy McMansion, Lowe lived among sporty creature comforts such as a cigar room, billiards room, wine cellar, and multi-screen media room and has listed the property for $3.495M.
? Last year, rogue, rockstar pitcher Tim Lincecum made one San Francisco apartment very famous: he was sued for completely trashing the place, worth $200K, while renting it out, damaging "bedding, doors, carpet, pillows, kitchenware, linens, furniture, household appliances, art work, decorations, patio furniture, lights, lamps, and mirrors." The 2,800-square-foot party pad has since been cleaned up and put on the market for $1.795M. Buying the three-bedroom unit is pretty much your only hope of following in the footsteps of the Cy Young Award-winning San Francisco Giant: "The Freak's" off-season condo, in Seattle, isn't up for grabs.
? In January, incoming Philadelphian Jonathan Papelbon listed his four-bedroom Boston penthouse that has an outdoor hot tub, direct elevator access, and great city views, not to mention a room that the pitcher has no further need for: a Red Sox-themed nursery. The 2,500-square-foot condo is asking $3.1M.
? The Manhattan bachelor pad that belongs to New York Mets third-baseman David Wright has become the stuff of folklore. First listed for $7.85M last April, the 4,000-square-foot penthouse wanted to entice buyers with its huge saltwater aquarium, wall of five flat-screens, and a roof deck with an enclosed hot tub. Well, it fared just about as well as the Mets did last year, suffering multiple PriceChops before landing at $6.25M with a fresh batch of new listing photos that show none of the exciting stuff.
· All-Star Outfielder Carlos Beltran Lists His East Coast Pad [Curbed National]
· The Braves' Derek Lowe Lists in Peachtree Battle [Curbed Atlanta]
· Tim Lincecum's Party Pad Up For Grabs [Curbed SF]
· Rock Star Pitcher Tim Lincecum Sued for Rock Star Behavior [Curbed SF]
· Behold the Red Sox Room in Jonathan Papelbon's Penthouse [Curbed National]
· All David Wright coverage [Curbed NY]