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Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Posted on: January 4, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Striking to tighten their grip on the AL West, the Rangers are close to a deal with free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre that will lock him up in Texas for the next six years, sources with knowledge of the talks confirmed to CBSSports.com.

The deal with Texas appears just about done, with one of the last remaining steps a physical examination for Beltre. Assuming no problems there, the Rangers are expected to announce what is believed to be a six-year, $96 million deal for Beltre, probably later this week.

As second choices go, there are far worse.

Though Texas swung and missed at this winter's free agent plum, Cliff Lee, the Rangers still will accomplish part of their winter goal of strengthening their pitching staff simply by adding Beltre, 31, a two-time Gold Glove winner and recognized as one of the best defensive third basemen in the game.

Multiple reports out of Texas suggest that All-Star Michael Young, the incumbent third baseman, has agreed to shift to designated hitter to make room for Beltre. That is just another testament to as classy and as professional a player as there is in the game: This will be Young's fourth position change in the past decade.

He moved from shortstop to second base when the Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez, went back to shortstop after A-Rod was traded, then shifted over to third base to make room for then-rookie Elvis Andrus two summers ago.

Now, Young again will be displaced by a personnel move. However, anybody who has watched the Rangers, particularly in the postseason last year, would agree that Young struggled defensively at third base at times. In the World Series against San Francisco in particular, a handful of balls got by Young that cost the Rangers.

With Beltre at third, the infield defensive immediately will improve (and with Andrus at short, the Rangers will field as talented and entertaining a left side of the infield as there is in the game). And with Young at DH and perhaps spelling various infielders at times during the brutally hot Texas summer, the Rangers will retain their team leader, a guy who long ago became the heart and soul of the clubhouse.

Beltre, after going quiet with the bat in Seattle's huge Safeco Field during his time there, re-emerged offensively last summer in Boston. He hit .321 with 28 homers and 102 RBI. His 49 doubles led the league, while his .365 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage both were close to career highs for the 13-year veteran.

The move at the same time improves Texas -- even though last year's DH, Vladimir Guerrero, now is not expected back -- while striking another blow to the beleaguered Los Angeles Angels. Texas' chief AL West rivals also were trying to lure Beltre, who becomes the latest free agent to decline the Angels' money.

Los Angeles also took a strong run at Carl Crawford earlier this winter before he signed with Boston, and the Angels held talks with Lee before he signed with Philadelphia.

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

 who gets screwed - Michael Young.  To bad because he is a class act that doesn't deserve tis kind of treatment.

Still confused by this.  Young has played himself to the DH spot with rapidly declining defense, so in replacing him in the field he's somehow getting screwed?  Dude is getting $16M to give average DH numbers, or pretty good 3B numbers with crappy defense.  He's a long way from getting screwed.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Another Texas fan drinking the coolaid...lololol!!!

Too bad you didn't get a clue in your Christmas stocking.  Not a Texas fan at all - A Seattle fan who got burned when his team overpaid him before and they didn't have the money to sign other free agents.

lololol?  Are you a seven year old girl?

It comes down to this - people tend to grossly overstate their position and cost themselves credibility.  Beltre was the farthest thing from a problem in Boston - imagine where they would have finished without him.   But its silly to think he'll repeat that.  But his TYPICAL season is not the garbage posters on here want to pretend it is - its above average offensively and excellent defensively.  He's overpaid, but he's far from a slug or a detriment to the team.  Being bitter about overpaid players is one thing - trying to present them as something they're not is childish.


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