Monday, January 03, 2011

Dammit, Beltre About To Sign With Texas

Well this news is a serious, albeit unsurprising, bummer:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers and free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre are close to completing terms on a multiyear deal, a source told ESPNdeportes.com on Sunday.

"They are still talking and have not completed the details, but an agreement appears imminent," the source told ESPNdeportes.com.

Another source said the contract probably will be for five years, with an option for 2016.

Two Dominican Republic media outlets reported Sunday on the negotiations. The newspaper El Caribe reported that Beltre and Texas would complete a six-year, $90 million deal within the week, while the website Piodeportes.com said the contract was a done deal and will earn Beltre $96 million.

17 comments:

Josh S. said...

Keep hope alive, Saxy!

MLBTR:
Multiple reports suggested that the Rangers and Adrian Beltre were close to an agreement on a multiyear deal yesterday, but it turns out that "nothing is remotely imminent" between the team and the third baseman. Though MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reported that the sides aren't nearing a deal, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says there "appears to be some hope" about a potential agreement.

Mr. Customer said...

If it does go down like this, I'll be happy it's not the Angels, at least.

Greg said...

Like Mr. C, I'm happy it's not the Angels but frankly at 90-$96MM/6 yrs, I say thanks but no thanks anyway!

Incidentally, Scott Boras' office is literally a stone's throw away from mine, I should go down there and steal some of his 10% of Beltra's contract.

Greg said...

This is by far the best 'graf I've read on Beltre:

>>
I, for one, will be so happy when Adrian Beltre finally signs somewhere so Dodger fans can stop hoping that he’s coming back. Beltre’s a fine player, but he’s not a superstar, and he wants superstar money. Not that signing him for 3B and pushing Blake to LF wouldn’t be fun and all, but the Dodgers have to be at or near their payroll limit, and I just can’t see how fitting Beltre in would work – especially when you don’t know if you’re getting awesome Beltre (2004, 2010), or average-to-slightly-above Beltre (most other years).

-- MSTI
<<

Steve Sax said...

MSTI has a point; Beltre tends to shine in contract years much more brightly than in other years. But the fact remains, WE HAVE NO BATS in our lineup next year. And there ain't anyone else out there who can give us some pop. Is Beltre worth $96M? No. But then Pierre wasn't worth $45M, and Andruw wasn't worth $36M, so who the hell knows anyway.

I am not looking forward to coming to the ballpark next year, seeing the other team take a 2-0 lead in the third inning, and knowing we can't come back to win.

Greg said...

@SS - as I had mentioned elsewhere (maybe Chad or MSTI), the real fear for the Dodgers lineup is if Kemp & Ethier have off years agao, but if that's going to happen, we might as well all go home now because no addition will make any difference.

That said, once again, Ned Colletti has shown himself to be a colossal jackass and addressing not the team's deficiencies (the pitching was roughly alright last year). Now, I know it takes two for a trade to work but some of the deals handed out by Colletti has just been asinine.

Josh S. said...

I wouldn't say we have NO bats. Dre and Matt are potent threats if they have at least moderately better seasons than last year. I even (perhaps foolishly) expect better offensive production from Blake and Loney this year. Sure, everybody took a big old stinky dump last year, but it can't happen to every single guy two years in a row, can it?

Can it?

Can it?

Mr. Customer said...

Agreed. This isn't at 2003 levels of offensive ineptitude.

Greg said...

@Josh - I think, even as a fan of Loney, what you see if what you get with the guy. It's a testament to how far he's fallen in my view that if his career arc mirrors that of Mark Grace, I'll consider a success.

That said, Mark Grace was a hell of a player (just had

Josh S. said...

My biggest current worries are the lack of a righty left fielder and a non-Kuo lefty reliever.

My biggest ongoing worries are Mattingly and potential injuries.

Otherwise, I think we're in decent enough shape to compete.

Steve Sax said...

@Greg 10:49a: I too am a fan of Loney, though last season's swoon was disheartening.

On the other hand, I thought Russell Martin was Woody, and he ended up being Lotso.

Greg said...

I agree with the concern of lack of lefty. On Mattingly, I think he'll be fine. If the product on the field performs to expectations, he'll be hailed a breathe of fresh air. If the product on the field under-performs, the pitchforks will be out. The common denominator? Mattingly will act the same way in either scenario.

Greg said...

>>
On the other hand, I thought Russell Martin was Woody, and he ended up being Lotso
<<

LOL! That's awesome.

Josh S. said...

@Sax: Notso Sluggin' Bear!

rbnlaw said...

Don't count on Hawpe being in left either. He wants to be a Pod Ray.

In other news; Manny still on the market!!!

BEE EYE PEE TICKESS ES DEE FOOTURE OF DIS ORGANISAYSHUN!

Josh S. said...

I'm actually not entirely unopposed to re-signing Manny for a year on the cheap. We're already paying him anyway. Frank will never in a bajillion years do it, though.

Spank said...

Here's mt 2 cents on the subject:

*drops 2 pennies on the table*