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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

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.


Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:26 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

it's a good point that they are all over paid, but why over pay by so much? The Angels offer was 5 for 70. Why go that much beyond their offer? 5 for 80 certainly should have been more than ample to lock up this guy. I really think 5 for 75 should have been his ceiling, but what do I know? I'm just a fan and can only afford to go to a couple of games a year anyway.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:21 pm
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Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:20 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Another thing: The A's, Angels and Mariners will still be looking up at the Rangers in the standings. All of the fans from those teams will say what they want about this deal, but they all wanted their team to sign Beltre as well. Since the Rangers made this move they will talk about how bad this move was. Let's not forget the Rangers still have all of the piece's to trade for a big time SP at the deadline. I see Josh Johnson in a Rangers uniform at the deadline. Boston and Texas will battle it out this season for the American League crown.

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:19 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Beltre is on Roids and only produces in a contract year. He was a bust and a cancer in Seattle. No one else is bidding for his services. The Rangers are bidding against themselves.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:15 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Not sure what people are talking about in terms of overpaying; seems like some kind of false notion of expertise. The Rangers are in a position to spend on player salaries; who cares if by some criteria Beltre is only worth $10 million (or whatever) a year? Does he make the Rangers better? Yes, he does. When it comes down to it, all baseball players are overpaid; it's absurd to say $16 million is too much but $10 million is fine for any player no matter how good they may be.

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:12 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

The deal is actually going to be a 5 year deal with a team option on a 6th year. The money is going to be 90-96 mil. This is a good deal for the Rangers. His stats will be better than Michael Young's. Plus he is a much better defensive player. Michael Young no longer has any range at 3rd. The DH and Utility spot will be good for him. He will get some time at 1st as well. Beltre might not explode every season but he is a better player all around than Young is now.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:48 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

As an Angels Fan I was so worried the Angels were going to over pay for Beltre. He had a great year last year but what a waste of 65 million dollars for the Mariners. I would rather have Callapso at 3rd base than take the risk of Beltre doing what he did in Seattle.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:40 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

So let's see: the A's offer was for 64mil, the Angels offer was for 70 and now he's about to get 96 from the Rangers???



You couldn't have held the line at 75?

This is just ridiculous. Almost makes Jeter's 51 million dollar deal look good. Almost.

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:38 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Although he was exiting to watch play last year, coming from a  lifelong Red Sox, you can have him. In addition to the poor performance during none contract years, he is not a team player. Every time some one touched him in celebrations, he went off on them. It is clear that he is all about himself and nobody else. I assure you he will miss playing ping pong off the Green Monster big time. 

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 4, 2011 3:31 pm

Rangers, Beltre close to a deal

Stats got all screwed up.  Sorry.

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