The Texas Rangers are nearing a deal to sign All-Star third basemen Adrian Beltre to a contract.
A source close to the negotiations told CBSSports that the deal was in the works but there were still some central issues to resolve.
Beltre turned down a $10 million option to remain in Boston, who instead signed former San Diego Padres’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to replace his power numbers.
Adrian Beltre exploded in 2010 with a .321 average, 28 home runs and 102 RBIs. It was the first time in his 13-year career he was an All-Star.
Beltre’s average only broke .300 one time before 2010 (.334 in 2004, his last season in Los Angeles). That was also the only season he reached the homers and RBI totals he achieved in 2010.
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The Texas Rangers came into the offseason with high hopes of re-signing Cliff Lee to continue to stabilize their pitching staff and watched him leave for Philadelphia. They also have not reached an agreement with designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.
The acquisition of Beltre is the Rangers’ second big move since the winter meetings, following bringing in Brandon Webb to replace Lee in the pitching rotation.
The pickup brings up questions about current third baseman Michael Young. Young expressed a willingness to change positions if Beltre were signed. It will be the third time Young will change positions over his 11-year career in Texas.
In 2001, Young was the starting second baseman for Texas but moved to shortstop when the Rangers signed Alex Rodriguez in 2004. Two years ago, Young moved to third base when rookie shortstop Elvis Andres came up from the minors. Now, Young might replace Guerrero as the Rangers primary designated hitter while also playing as a utility infielder on occasion.
Fantasy Baseball Outlook: There is little reason to believe Adrian Beltre will continue to hit like he did in 2010. The last time he played this well was his last season for the Dodgers. The next year, he signed a big deal with Seattle and his average dropped 79-points his first year with his new team. He won’t be that bad in the Rangers lineup and will be good for over 20 home runs but temper your expectations.
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