Tag:Adrian Beltre
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Beltre, Rangers close; Vlad to Angels?


Various outlets are reporting today that the Rangers are closing in on a deal with third baseman Adrian Beltre, the with a source telling Tim Brown of Yahoo that the deal could be finalized today.

Reports have the deal at either six years or five plus a vesting option, and Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that it would be in the $90-100 million range.

I don't know how the Rangers figure it's a good business move to sign on for paying Beltre more than $15 million when he's 38. How often is a 38-year-old infielder worth that kind of money? Not very often.

One thing is for sure: Beltre's arrival would mean the end of Vladimir Guerrero's stay in Arlington, with Michael Young set to be the primary designated hitter and the Rangers tapped out financially. As the Los Angeles Times points out, that could mean the Angels, who weren't willing to pay Beltre's asking price, would finally add a bat with the return of Guerrero. Prior to playing 2010 in Texas, Guerrero was at the heart of the Angels' order for six years.

UPDATE: MLB.com reports that the deal would be worth $96 million for the full six years, but the Rangers can void the sixth year if Beltre doesn't reach a certain number of plate appearances. So it's a vesting option, or a reverse-vesting un-option, or something.

UPDATE: A source tells ESPNLosAngeles.com that the Angels do not plan to pursue Guerrero. Because he's not a real option in the outfield (as we saw in the World Series), letting Guerrero DH full-time would force the Angels to put Juan Rivera or Bobby Abreu in the field and take at-bats from 2010 Angels home run leader Mike Napoli.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 11:28 pm
 

Young OK with move to DH

Michael Young Michael Young is fine with moving to designated hitter if the Rangers do sign free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.

There had been reports that he didn't want to move, but he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram 's Jeff Wilson that he's fine with a move .

"My motivation is to play for a winning team and to be extremely productive. And I want to do that with the Rangers," Young said. "If I've got to get the majority of my 700 plate appearances as a DH, that's what I've got to do."

Young told the paper that he's talked with general manager Jon Daniels, but the conversation "was left somewhat open-ended." Young said he did not discuss playing first base. According to the Dallas Morning News , Young could be used in a hybrid designated hitter/super-utility role, filling in at other infield spots when he's not the DH. He's the only player in history to start at least 130 games in a season at shortstop, second base and third base.

Wilson also writes the negotiation with Scott Boras are on-going and "there is a level of confidence that a deal could be struck."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Young doesn't want to change positions

Michael Young While the Rangers' official business on Monday was announcing the deals for Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes, the unofficial business was much more interesting.

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan checks in following the team's news conference and says the team's not "particularly optimistic" that they'll sign Adrian Beltre. The Rangers were reportedly close on Sunday, but several reports have refuted that since.

One of the reasons may be that incumbent third baseman Michael Young doesn't want to move from third. One idea to accompany Beltre -- a superior defensive third baseman -- was to move Young to designated hitter or first base.

The Rangers also checked in on Andy Pettitte, but were told that he'd either retire or return to the Yankees and made it clear he wants to return to the Yankees. There has been some speculation in multiple reports today that Pettitte could tell the Yankees of his decision this week. Sullivan said the Rangers expect Pettitte to wait until next month to make his decision.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Young doesn't want to change positions

Michael Young While the Rangers' official business on Monday was announcing the deals for Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes, the unofficial business was much more interesting.

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan checks in following the team's news conference and says the team's not "particularly optimistic" that they'll sign Adrian Beltre. The Rangers were reportedly close on Sunday, but several reports have refuted that since.

One of the reasons may be that incumbent third baseman Michael Young doesn't want to move from third. One idea to accompany Beltre -- a superior defensive third baseman -- was to move Young to designated hitter or first base.

The Rangers also checked in on Andy Pettitte, but were told that he'd either retire or return to the Yankees and made it clear he wants to return to the Yankees. There has been some speculation in multiple reports today that Pettitte could tell the Yankees of his decision this week. Sullivan said the Rangers expect Pettitte to wait until next month to make his decision.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 10:40 am
 

Reports: Beltre close to signing with Rangers

Adrian Beltre Dominican website PioDeportes.com reports Adrian Beltre has agreed to a six-year, $96 million contract with the Rangers. However, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets the report is untrue.

The Rangers would likely have to find someone to take Michael Young before moving on Beltre, or at least have an idea that they could move Young.

The Angels are believed to be the front-runner (or, really, only-runner) for Beltre and the Rangers are seen by many as only posturing to drive up the price for their division rivals.

UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com also shoots down the initial report, but notes the Rangers are still talking to Beltre and his agent, Scott Boras.

UPDATE: As my pal Danny Knobler pointed out in his New Year's column , you never know with free agency... but it appears there's something to the Rangers-Beltre deal. ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas cites a source that says a deal is close between Texas and the free-agent third baseman. 

According to the source, the two sides are still talking, but an agreement "appears imminent." It is believed to be a five-year deal with an option for a sixth year. The Rangers would likely move Michael Young to designated hitter.

Overall, it seems like it would be an upgrade over last year's Vladimir Guerrero/Young DH-3B combo, as Beltre outperformed Guerrero offensively last season and is an upgrade defensively at third base over Young. But it will come at a price of a longer-term deal with Beltre, who turns 32 in April.

UPDATE: MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports there's no deal yet, but both sides are interested. "Nothing is remotely imminent," Sullivan writes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: December 30, 2010 11:23 am
 

Rangers' interest in Beltre genuine?

Adrian Beltre
After the A's dropped out of the bidding for Adrian Beltre (and rightfully so, the way he's given them the cold shoulder for two years), we are down to two teams that are known to have interest: the Angels and Rangers.

Or is it actually just one team? As T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes, there are multiple reasons the Rangers might be more of a negotiating piece than an actual suitor for Beltre. For one thing, making the division rival Angels -- who are thought to be desperate to make an impact move after coming up pretty much empty this winter -- bid against themselves benefits the Rangers. That's not even to say the Rangers are doing it on purpose, as this could be agent Scott Boras leveraging some unknown level of Texas interest in Beltre to drive up the price.

The other way a phantom pursuit of Beltre would benefit the Rangers is in their ongoing negotiations to bring back designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who has not found a match in his push for a multi-year deal. The Rangers want him to accept a one-year deal to return, and having the unspoken "hey, we have other offensive options" factor out there could motivate Guerrero to sign on before the Rangers run out of money and needs.

Of course, there's also the question of what the Rangers do with Michael Young should they land Beltre. As Sullivan points out, keeping both of them in some combination of third base/first base/designated hitter would cost at least $30 million, or about a third of the Texas payroll (and definitely rule out Guerrero's return). The Rangers were quick to squash rumors they were trying to trade Young at the Winter Meetings.

Of course, this is all specualtion, but absent any actual news from the Beltre camp that's all we've got at this point.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 29, 2010 3:33 pm
 

A's drop out of bidding for Beltre

Adrian Beltre It's long seemed the Angels will be the default landing spot for free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, but with the A's reportedly dropping out of contention for Beltre, it would appear he's running out of options.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes the A's, who had made multiple offers to Beltre, "pulled out of the talks this week to pursue other players."

It looks as if this could be the rare overplay by Beltre's agent, Scott Boras. The Rangers are the only other team known to have interest -- but they'd have to find a taker for Michael Young, which doesn't seem likely.

Rosenthal says the Orioles and Blue Jays could make offers, while the Mariners, Marlins, Dodgers and Giants could use help at third base. Keep those teams in mind when the "mystery team" pops up in the next week.

The Angels have pulled a five-year, $70 million offer, while the A's had reportedly offered five-years and $64 million. If Beltre signs for a penny less, it could be seen as the rare loss on Boras' record, more than any referendum on the player himself.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 12:47 pm
 

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves


RyanTeam president Nolan Ryan appeared on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket Monday, with the Dallas Morning News transcribing the content. Ryan spoke about ever-rising salaries and what it means to the Rangers.

"Obviously, the premier free agents…they’re just so few of them, they just keep going up and so what you have is a high-ish amount of people getting an unbelievable amount of money and it impacts everything else," Ryan said. "So we’re overpaying some free agents that probably shouldn’t be getting paid what they are."

The Rangers have been quiet this offseason despite the chase for Cliff Lee, signing catchers Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor, the latter coming back to the team for $850,000. Torrealba inked a two-year, $6.25 million deal. Texas also acquired Mason Tobin in the Rule 5 draft via the Cubs. That's been it -- and that may have something to do with Ryan's preferences.

"My comfort level on free agency is three to four years and they think nothing of agents, nowadays, asking for seven. So, I don’t know, I don’t know how you justify something like that."

Clearly, the team justified offering more than four years to Lee, with six- and seven-year deals on the table for the left-hander. However, Lee was a special case: one of a handful of "true" aces in the game and who expressed a willingness to return to Texas. On a regular basis, free-agent deals lasting longer than four years rarely work out.

With free-agent pitcher Carl Pavano demanding at least three years and Texas not keen on meeting that asking price, the club reportedly agreed to terms with Brandon Webb, with only a physical standing in the way.

"It’s a little premature for me to make that prediction or not," Ryan said of inking Webb,  "But we’ve been in talks and had discussions with his agent and if you were to ask me today where we stand, I’d say we’re probably getting really close."

It's not just Webb left on the shopping list for Texas. The team needs a DH, and talks with incumbent Vladimir Guerrero haven't been fruitful. The Rangers appear to be exploring all other possibilities -- including a platoon at the spot.

"There’s several DHs that I think would be nice additions if you had the ability to sign a DH and then sign another one that might be good from the other side of the plate. He could give you some at-bats and maybe be a pinch hitter so yea, I’d say there are a few players out there that could still help the ball club but whether that’s doable or not, I don’t know."

One such player that could help is third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has found the market as chilly as last year. Only this time, he's coming off the pillow contract that worked wonders in Boston, but still no interest. That could open the door for Texas, although the team would be confronted with a tough situation in moving Michael Young to another position.

"When you have a player of [Beltre's] caliber out there, you have to have an interest if it’s realistic within what your budget is and how he would fit into your ball club and how you would hit him in the lineup and stuff of that nature," Ryan noted. "So, obviously with our ball club, it wouldn’t be nearly as clear-cut as somebody else, say whether it be the Angels and the rumor is that Oakland has made him [an] offer. I would say if you looked at the free agent market right now, he’s probably the premier free agent that’s still unsigned."

While you can't close the door on Beltre to Texas, it does appear that the team isn't seeking an outfielder. With Josh Hamilton's myriad injuries, he's best used as a left fielder and Texas wants to make that happen with internal candidates. Julio Borbon has been trying to crack the starting lineup permanently and may come through in 2011. Texas also has rising prospect Engel Beltre, acquired from Boston in the Eric Gagne trade.

-- Evan Brunell

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