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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.

Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:49 am
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

So baseball is a pure numbers game, so look at his numbers.  Only twice in his career did he hit more than 26 HR and have more than 100 RBI's, contract years going from LA to Seattle and from Boston to Texas.  He is a LIFETIME 275 hitter that averages 21HR's and 77 RBI's.  Those are not bad numbers, but they certainly aren't worth $16 mil a year.  And with his age they will go down, with the Texas heat they will go down, but he's locked up for six years now.  Bad move for Texas, and as usual down there they try to improve the team and who gets screwed - Michael Young.  To bad because he is a class act that doesn't deserve tis kind of treatment.



Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:57 am
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Thank you Angels for not signing this overpaid cry baby who only plays well on contracts years.  You will see what a great move it was not signing this guy, now I just hope he doesn't hurt Josh Hamilton with his horrible attitude and terrible base running.



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:27 am
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

'Spartacus is absolutely right.Who cares how much they paid for him. He will make the rangers a better team.'

'Rangers fans may care in a couple years of so, especially if Beltre is hitting .265 with 20 HR instead of .300 with 28 HR, and certainly as his defensive range decreases, or he gets injured again....then when the Rangers are saying we can't sign this or that FA because, in part, of the money still being paid (over paid) to an aging, breaking down 3B with no trade value.  Maybe not, maybe Beltre hits .300 and averages 25-30 HR per year the next 6 years and wins 6 gold gloves, but the odds are against it.'



Spartacus here- the problem with the reasoning above is that teams don't say 'we can't afford to sign this or that FA because of the overpaid players on our current roster'; this is an excuse that fans make to explain why their team doesn't go after FAs. I have never heard this excuse given by any team that aspires to win or even make the playoffs, either.

Now, I totally agree that the contract, as reported, is a dud, and that Beltre is overpaid, moreso than most of the other overpaid baseball players (meaning all of them). But as a fan, a spectator, the players contracts is the owner's problem, not mine. Just as with any other business. All this discussion about some player being a bargain or being overpaid is just pretentious, as if this were a discussion among real baseball GMs or businessmen with a real notion of what the team's financial reports look like.





Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

What about his 2010 season was better than his 2004 season?  Nothing.  That happened in Dodger Stadium

That was 6 years ago....12 years in a baseball players career.

Wow, overreact much?  Beltre's teammates haven't had to "deal with his temper".  This isn't Carlos Freakin' Zambrano.  He had the highly publicized thing where he didn't like guys rubbing his head.  So what?  Does that really matter?  And didn't he change that by the end of the season?  People are really reaching with this "temper" stuff

Overreact much?  Yes, in fact Boston players even stated that he took things way too seriously and thought it was rediculous so they made a joke out of it to spite him:)!  And yes, rubbing someone's head does matter when the go berzerk and cause a scene making players feel awkward about doing it.  Oh, and of course he changed....his numbers got worse!

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



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Give me a break...the only thing going for him is he will continue to be in a hitters park, similar to Boston where he had his best year in his career! 

What about his 2010 season was better than his 2004 season?  Nothing.  That happened in Dodger Stadium, BTW.  But he will benefit from playing in Texas.

Rangers got suckered here and wait until his teammates have to deal with his temper.   Don't rub his head or he may fight you:)!

Wow, overreact much?  Beltre's teammates haven't had to "deal with his temper".  This isn't Carlos Freakin' Zambrano.  He had the highly publicized thing where he didn't like guys rubbing his head.  So what?  Does that really matter?  And didn't he change that by the end of the season?  People are really reaching with this "temper" stuff.

I still think he's getting overpaid, but that's based on actual baseball production.  He's no more overpaid that Michael Young.




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Beltre ONLY produces in a contract year. It's way too much money for a guy that only plays hard every half decade or so,

To be fair, Beltre consistently played hard when he was in Seattle.  And he didn't put together some monster year in his 2009 contract year. 

especially when you have a consumate pro that you have to ask to move out of Beltre's position, Michael Young,  and that may prove to be a worse defensive move

Huh?  Have you seen Michael Young play defense the last few years?  What are you even talking about?

and Young comes to give every day, not just every pay day

.....and in Young's typical year he produces like Beltre produces in his typical year, but without the stellar defense.  Not Beltre's big years, but his typical years around .800 OPS - they look a lot like Young's career .795 OPS.

I expect Beltre to hit .270 with 18HR and about 85 RBI next year, and that's assuming he gets some kind of inclination to play 150 games without a contract in the balance.

RBI predictions are silly because the entire lineup factors into it, but a .270 average wouldn't shock me.  Considering he hit a lot more home runs than that in the spacious Safeco Field, it looks like you're bias is the only reason for your low estimate there.  He hasn't hit that few in a healthy season since what, 2000?  And that was playing in Safeco and Dodger Stadium, not the bandbox in Texas.  He'll provide some power and defense.

I don't like the deal, but it seems like you just don't like the player, period.  BTW, they are "thanking Young" every day by paying his $16M salary for poor defense and above average offense - average at best from the DH spot.

 




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:36 pm
 

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Alright, now this shows some desperation from the Rangers.  Beltre is a good, not great, player and does not deserve any type of $$$ like that.  He is inconsistent and his skills will continue to decline as he has been in the bigs for 13 years and also was "involved" in roid talks.  By the way, for those saying he deserves this money, take a look at his career stats:

    .275    278    1008    1889
    .275    278    1008    1889Batting
Average: 275
Home Runs: 278 (13 years= 21 HR/year)
RBI's: 1008 (13 years= 78 RBI/year)
1 All-Star selection
  • Gold Glove Award winner (2007, 2008)
  • Silver Slugger Award winner (2004, 2010)
  • Fielding Bible Award winner (2006, 2008
  • DOES NOT DESERVE $96,000,000!!!!
  • Give me a break...the only thing going for him is he will continue to be in a hitters park, similar to Boston where he had his best year in his career!  Rangers got suckered here and wait until his teammates have to deal with his temper.   Don't rub his head or he may fight you:)!

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    Since: Nov 12, 2006
    Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:30 pm
     

    Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

    But to say this is a bad deal well you people are crazy...If you wanna look at all the overpaid players in the league this isnt a bad deal.

    So, because there are some other terrible contracts out there, no future contract can be bad?  Huh?  Who cares if there are other bad deals out there?  It makes no difference whatsoever.  What matters is whether Beltre will produce like an average or great third baseman.  He's going to be paid like a great one, and his career suggests he'll play (offensively) like an average one.   If that happens fans will be regretting this contract LONG before it expires.



    Since: Dec 7, 2008
    Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:48 pm
     

    Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

    The money that they are shelling out for this guy is nuts...and this coming from a yankee fan!!This t.v. money is just burning a hole in their pockets and they cant spend it fast enough...We were all scratching our heads as to how they could commit 25% of their payroll on Lee,Now they're giving Beltre 26 million more than anybody else offered...and this after both teams pulled their offers...they're bidding against nobody!!!Had they offered 30million to Soriano and moved Feliz to the rotation it would have made alot more sense and they would have saved 66million dollars!!This guy is a .260 hitter...




    Since: Sep 20, 2006
    Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:47 pm
     

    Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

    What a mistake.

    I'm disappointed a good ol Texas boy like Nolan Ryan doesn't see downfield better than this.

    Beltre ONLY produces in a contract year. It's way too much money for a guy that only plays hard every half decade or so, especially when you have a consumate pro that you have to ask to move out of Beltre's position, Michael Young,  and that may prove to be a worse defensive move... and Young comes to give every day, not just every pay day. No offense, but Beltre isn't going to put up numbers in Texas' lineup that he did in Boston's anyway. I expect Beltre to hit .270 with 18HR and about 85 RBI next year, and that's assuming he gets some kind of inclination to play 150 games without a contract in the balance. Good luck with that.

    The Rangers, unfortunately, are going to have to learn that winning outside a huge media market requires the long hard road of growing your own talent, instead of buying easy answers. I would argue Cliff Lee's decision was based on believing Philadelphia has a better formula for winning than Texas does, and it's not all about buying the best talent (before you Halladay me, consider 3/4 of the Phillies lineup is home grown).  

    IMO, the Rangers would be better served spending the $90 mil on the next 10 draft picks, re-signing Vladdy for a shorter deal, locking up some existing young talent for a few years, and thanking Young for his dedication for all those years he stuck with them while the Rangers couldn't put their cleats on the correct feet. After all, in the division they play in, the Rangers only have to compete with the Angels, who haven't learned this lesson either, and can't seem to sign any name players. 


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