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Beltre hopes Young stays

Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:57 pm
Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre showed up at Rangers camp Friday, and took batting practice with a group that included Josh Hamilton. Position players are required to report Saturday, and presumably Michael Young will be among them. The signing of Beltre displaced Young, the Rangers' all-time hits leader, from third base into a super-utility/DH role. Young doesn't like the move and has requested a trade, creating a potentially awkward situation.

"There's nothing I can do about it, but if you want my opinion, the ballclub is better with him on it," Beltre told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "I thought I was going to be with him. These guys in here have a lot of respect for him, and I hope everything will work out."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:01 pm

Beltre hopes Young stays

Beltre's right - the Rangers are better with Young on the team.  AND he's smart to say so.  Once Young is gone, there are enough ignorant fans that are going to blame Beltre or the front office for Young's refusal to acknowledge there are better defenders at every position and his best position at this stage is DH due to his decreased agility and range.

Michael Young at DH for the 2011 Rangers would be a great result for everyone, and the one the Rangers had a right to expect when they signed Beltre.

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