Rangers, Beltre Close To Deal

7:35pm: Jeff Wilson of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets that Beltre will be in the Dallas area tonight in preparation for a physical on Wednesday. MLB.com's Peter Gammons adds that the Athletics offered six years and $76MM at one point, making the Angels the third highest bidder in the division (Twitter link).

12:49pm: The deal is not done, but it could be worth as much as $96MM over six years, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan. The contract would include a clause that would allow the Rangers to opt out of the sixth year if Beltre doesn't reach a threshold for plate appearances.

10:15am: The Rangers are close to a six-year deal with Adrian Beltre, according to Yahoo's Tim Brown (on Twitter). Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Rangers are making progress and that a deal would be in the $90-100MM range (Twitter links). Yahoo's Jeff Passan agrees that the value of the deal will approach $100MM. A source tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that the deal would effectively be for five years with a vesting option for a sixth year. (Twitter link). Agent Scott Boras represents Beltre.

Beltre led the American League in doubles last year and added 28 homers, hitting .321/.365/.553 in 641 plate appearances. He made the All-Star team, won his second career Silver Slugger and played standout defense. The defensive metric UZR/150 suggests that Beltre was significantly above average with the glove (12.7 UZR/150) for the eighth time in the past nine seasons. Beltre, 31, would be 37 in the final season of a six-year deal. 

Michael Young said yesterday that he'd be willing to move from third base if the Rangers sign Beltre. Young shifted from second base to shortstop when the Rangers traded Alex Rodriguez and from short to third when Elvis Andrus reached the majors, so position switches are nothing new for him. If the Rangers don't trade him, Young figures to appear in the lineup most days as a DH and utility player.

Young has no-trade protection, $48MM remaining on his contract and ten and five rights that take effect this May. The Rangers discussed a potential deal with the Rockies last month, but the team would have to overcome many obstacles to move Young.

Since the Red Sox offered Beltre arbitration, they will obtain two top draft picks next year. One will be a supplementary first rounder and the other will come from the Rangers. It will be Texas' first rounder as long as the Rangers don't sign Rafael Soriano. If they do sign the closer, the Rays would get the Rangers' top pick and the Red Sox would get their second rounder.

The Angels already missed out on Carl Crawford, so losing Beltre to a division rival would be a considerable blow for a franchise that finished below .500 for the first time since 2003 last year. The A's, another one of Beltre's suitors, will once again face the longtime Mariner as a division rival.

This is the second long-term deal of Beltre's career. He signed a five-year, $64MM deal with the Mariners after the 2004 season. In five seasons in Seattle, Beltre hit 103 homers and posted a .266/.317/.442 line while playing stellar defense (that's 3.4 WAR per season, in case you're wondering).

Boras and Beltre accepted a $10MM offer from the Red Sox last offseason, though other clubs offered more guaranteed money. That decision positioned the third baseman for a considerably larger payday.

PioDeportes first reported the agreement over the weekend. 

The post was originally published on January 4th.


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234 Comments on "Rangers, Beltre Close To Deal"


4 years 7 months ago

Spurned by Lee and felt they where obligated to spend…not a good allocation of money if you ask me.

4 years 7 months ago

DUMB move by the Rangers. I suppose that ballpark might help but paying for that walk year at 6 years is insanity. On the other hand, when will people realize Moreno is ALL talk…The guy almost never pays for elite talent. He comes out saying he will but in the end they end up with 2 lefty middle relievers…what a joke. And i’m not even an Angels fan.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

He should be productive for the most part, but he most certainly won’t be worth what he is being paid if the article turns out to be true and goes down.

Bob
4 years 7 months ago

As an angels fan I was hoping we’d land Beltre’ but not for this kind of money.

Its in my opinion a “feel good” move that serves their fans and puts them ahead as the favorites… But that is temporary and in the long term may serve the Angels far better to not have signed him.

Am I disappointed? Yes. Glad we did not commit this kind of cash? Heck yes!

Commander_Nate
4 years 7 months ago

Why? This team has done nothing to improve except add two relievers (who albeit should be pretty good) despite having gaping holes in its lineup. How does Arte saving money to field a flawed team make you feel good as a fan, particularly after all that BS about “spending what it takes”? Are you getting a cut?

kdub53
4 years 7 months ago

true the rangers are grossly overpaying for beltre…we needed a good corner guy, but wow thats soo much to offer to a guy that is going to be more or less an old man by the end of that contract, with little to no chance to trade him to another team for a decent deal. The angels have already and still do have people already like that (young and old). On the flip side its going to be a RUFF season…but if they can hold on till halfway point …maybe ol’ artie has a few tricks up his sleeve ..( Haren deal)

woadude
4 years 7 months ago

Rangers Stadium is hitter friendly and he will be with Cruz and Hamilton for protection so he will get pitches, should work out well for the Rangers and only bad for Young as he will be the DH now and Vladdy who will now not be resigned even though he did pretty good for them.

4 years 7 months ago

It’s hard to believe given everything that they’ve accomplished over the last few weeks but the Red Sox yet again are the winners in the signing getting the Rangers unprotected #23 (I think?) overall first round pick.

RahZid
4 years 7 months ago

#26, but yes this is a huge coup for Boston. Had Beltre gone to the Angels, we were looking at a 2nd (or possibly 3rd) rounder.

3rd rounder if the Angels also signed Soriano, which I have to imagine will now be their focus.

sflocchini
4 years 7 months ago

BUST

craig s (ManusBret)
4 years 7 months ago

says the hater

ju1ced
4 years 7 months ago

Young is gone.

4 years 7 months ago

I thought Young was just going to move to DH. You can forget about Vlad, though.

NL_East_Rivalry
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe a Thome on the cheap and Young at 1st? But yeah, it looks like they wont add another piece.

craig s (ManusBret)
4 years 7 months ago

yeah i can see young moving to 1st. if they can resign Vlad & keep young that linup is scary even scarier than the sox

bjsguess
4 years 7 months ago

Right … because you want to have a $16m 1st baseman who can’t post an OPS north of 800?

Let me sum up this signing for you.

1. Rangers overpaid by about $25-$30m (based off the leaks we have seen from other clubs).
2. The Rangers surrender their 1st round pick
3. The Ranges now have a 3/$48m albatross in MY. A guy who can’t play any of his 3 “natural” positions (2B, SS, 3B). A guy who will now be either a utility player OR someone who will be manning 1st or DH with an inadequate bat.

All for what? Beltre maybe provides an extra win or 2. Those wins will come at a cost of maybe $10m each + a top draft pick. Ouch.

lug
4 years 7 months ago

As a White Sox fan we have a glaring hole at third. Young would fit great there, but boy we have spent a lot this winter. I would love to trade for him and heck it aint my money. Not sure what we would have to give up since his contract is pretty big and he is past his prime (just sayin’ he is 34). Would the Rangers eat some of that contract?

4 years 7 months ago

Huge overpayment, not only on the immediate turn over from last year but the assured degrade over SIX years, I’m thinking albatross, I do agree the Angels are certainly this offseasons losers, rotation and pen solid, yes better than the Rangers, but a dismal look to the offense.

bjsguess
4 years 7 months ago

Guess who was 2nd in team scoring in 2009? That’s right – the Angels. Guess how many starters in 2009 are projected to be offensive starters in 2011? Correct again – at least 7. Napoli, Morales, Kendrick, Aybar, Hunter, Abreu, and Rivera are all slotted into starting roles again. Notable absences are Figgins and Vlad (who didn’t contribute much in 2009).

To say the Angels offensive outlook is dismal is taking an extremely pessimistic view. The 2010 Angels were putrid offensively. However, that doesn’t mean 2011 will follow suit.

4 years 7 months ago

It is pessimistic but the reality is the aging stars aren’t going to shock us and I question whether the younger players weren’t spurned by the drive for Adenheart and the overall character of the season, for the Angels I hope i’m terribly wrong but last year the offense fell apart, maybe a lull or maybe just the way this offense really is, we’ll see.

4 years 7 months ago

Theo and the SOX front office must be pretty happy about this

4 years 7 months ago

Are you kidding me? I, ME, I am pretty happy about this!!!

EarlyMorningBoxscore
4 years 7 months ago

Remember that time the Angels were favored to sign Beltre, Crawford, and Soriano???

Commander_Nate
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I do. Good job following through on that, Arte.

sflocchini
4 years 7 months ago

This is`not Boston . BUST

not_brooks
4 years 7 months ago

Hitting in Arlington with Hamilton, Cruz, Kinsler and Young sounds a lot like hitting in Fenway with Youk, V-Mart, Papi and Drew.

kaf64
4 years 7 months ago

Only thing is Left field is much more difficult to hit them out in Texas than right. I do believe Beltre is a pull hitter.

RahZid
4 years 7 months ago

I would say he is definitely a pull hitter after watching him drop to 1 knee and pull them for HR’s last year. Not sure about his spray chart though.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

His HR swing seemed to be pull but he hit plenty of singles and doubles to right.

thegrayrace
4 years 7 months ago

Beltre has 9 career HRs in Arlington, in 219 ABs.

.306/.336/.521/.857 career line there.

kaf64
4 years 7 months ago

Only thing is Left field is much more difficult to hit them out in Texas than right. I do believe Beltre is a pull hitter.

4 years 7 months ago

enjoy living in Texas for the next six years

RahZid
4 years 7 months ago

He doesn’t have to live in Texas 6 months of the year and for the 6 months he does “live” in Texas, he’ll be on the road half the time.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

What’s wrong with Texas exactly?

4 years 7 months ago

i’ll take that to mean you’ve never been there. my visits have been long enough to know why it costs substantially more to live in California.

PennMariner
4 years 7 months ago

You probably aren’t talking about Dallas, because Dallas is one of the most economically sound cities of the entire Western half of the United States. Beltre will be closer to Dallas than any other major metropolitan city. So I’m not really getting your point.

bjsguess
4 years 7 months ago

I grew up in So Cal until I was 30. Moved away and don’t miss it one bit. There is life beyond LA/San Diego.

soxin10
4 years 7 months ago

Makes sense to me. No one wants to pay more than 5 yrs 65-70 so give him 6 yrs 90 mil. Boras must know where all the skeletons are hidden.

TimotheusATL
4 years 7 months ago

JPM says 5 years with a vesting option for a 6th. Assuming that the vesting triggers are in the 4th/5th year, that means he’d have to hold up consistent PAs/starts/games played for the majority of his contract to have a shot for a 6th. If JPM is correct, then it doesn’t seem that bad.

4 years 7 months ago

I’d much rather see the rangers spend that money on beltre than lee. rangers have always had good offense and pitching has been suspect up until last yr. they’ll be relying on webb and repeated seasons by wilson, lewis.

4 years 7 months ago

I’d much rather see the rangers spend that money on beltre than lee. rangers have always had good offense and pitching has been suspect up until last yr. they’ll be relying on webb and repeated seasons by wilson, lewis.

cookmeister
4 years 7 months ago

relying on Webb does not sound good

4 years 7 months ago

As an A’s fan, I hope those who think Adrian Beltre is not worth it are right. I agree that he’s not worth $90-$100 for 6 years. However, if that theory is wrong, it could be a long 2011 for the A’s (although one guy shouldn’t tip the scales that much).

4 years 7 months ago

Michael Young is a push over..he’ll move for anybody…

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

Young should just be happy to be getting that fat check he is. For the money he is making compared to the production he is giving, he better move wherever they want him to. Next step….bat boy?

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah. How DARE he do what’s in the best interest of the team!

Shikikazu
4 years 7 months ago

The opposite of Michael Young is Oliver Perez, I’m sure hes such a lovable guy….

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

This makes the Rangers better, but I just don’t see it as that big of an upgrade to justify 90MM. It looks like this was just spending to spend, to make the casual fan happy. That money could have been better spent at the deadline or next years FA class.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Unless they intended to sign Fielder, what exactly would be worth spending money on next offseason?

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

Who knows what will be available…..My point is, it wasn’t worth spending just for the sake of spending. I do think it makes them a little better, and I do think Beltre will be solid. But could this take them away from a potential “ace” if he is available mid-season because now they won’t be able to sign him long-term? If so then I think it was a mistake. The offense is already set to compete for years to come, they just need that one “ace” to push them over the top again IMO. Or it could take them out of the Fielder/Agon/Pujols sweepstakes if/when they hit free agency.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

I personally think it will make them more than a little better, but regardless the only one of those first basemen that is ever going to hit free agency is Fielder and his contract is almost certain to be way, way worse than the potential Beltre deal.

Your point about taking them out of the running for a potential ace is a valid point if it proves to be true, but the new ownership has shown so far that they are willing to do what it takes to win and are willing to spend money so I wouldn’t say that this is necessarily going to take them out of the running on anything. Also, if an ace were to become available it would have to be through trade because there aren’t any set to be available through free agency next offseason (unless Oswalt’s option isn’t picked up or C.C. opts out of the rest of his contract).

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Actually, it’s not rocket science to figure out “what (who) will be available.” Players don’t just haphazardly stumble upon free agency. It’s only when their contract expires, which is a known, not an unknown.

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

Hey, theres “that guy”!!! So you think every player that is scheduled to be a free agent next year will make it to free agency? Ever heard of options? or extensions? Next year COULD be the best first base free agent class of all-time. Most likely Pujols, Agon, Fielder will not all reach free agency. That is where we come to the conclusion we don’t KNOW who will be available. Many of the players that *could* be free agents(their contract *would* expire at the end of this year) will not be available next winter. Thanks for the great input though.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Haha Love the snark. To answer, no, I don’t think every player that is scheduled to be a free agent next year will make it to free agency. Actually, I never said that.

What I did say, however, is that you do KNOW who is going to be a free agent next year.

Yes, you have extensions and options, but thats with the people who are scheduled to be free agents already. You cannot ADD people to the free agent pool if their contract is still intact. That was my obvious point, response to your “Who knows what will be available” comment. Which, again, I will answer, everyone knows what will be available, albeit potentially. Here’s a link for reference!

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2010/03/2012-mlb-free-agents.html

So, captain obvious, I have a question for you, one that you skillfully avoided earlier. Who on that list is worth the kind of money the Rangers would have saved if they do not sign Beltre this off season.

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

“What I did say, however, is that you do KNOW who is going to be a free agent next year.”

Yes, you did say that. Then the rest of your post is admitting that we don’t KNOW who will be a free agent.

I don’t need to look at the list. I’m not saying there is for sure one player that would be worth spending it on. However, wouldn’t Albert Pujols look good at first base in Texas for the next 7 years IF he becomes a free agent. We don’t KNOW who they could have spent the money on. There will be a whole new group of people available via trade this July. Will this deal cause the Rangers to miss out on an ace that they need? We don’t know.

I never said this was a terrible deal. I said it makes them better. Especially on defense. But on offense, they are adding Beltre’s bat while taking out Vlad’s. To me, that’s not enough of an upgrade to justify this type of contract. Now if they could unload a good chunk of Young’s contract, and bring Vlad back, to me this deal would make alot more sense. We will see though, maybe they are not done yet. The point was I just hope they are not spending just for the sake of spending and keeping the fans happy.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Two things…

1. To lock up Pujols, you would need a lot more $ than what Beltre got. You KNOW that right? heh I’ll restate the question for a third time: Who on that list is worth the kind of money the Rangers would have saved if they do not sign Beltre this off season. Perhaps you should take a look at the list.

2. We know who is scheduled to become a free agent because we know contractual limits/details. Boom. End of story.

Look man, I deal in reality and facts. So we can continue this silly debate by isolating each word from our psots, but the fact is that we do know who is scheduled to become a free agent next year. Yes, there are extensions/options, but those names are subtracted from the list. None are added. Ever. So we always know the free agent class going into an off season.

Next year, there are really top shelf players (Pujols, AGon, Fielder) who the Rangers just would not be able to pry away from other teams (IF they don’t already sign extensions beforehand) because of the arbi raises coming to Hamilton, Cruz, Kinsler, Wilson, etc, etc, AND because of the sheer dollar amount it would require to sign such free agents. And the rest of the free agent class, there is no one that would bring such an impact bat in an area of need the Rangers have as well as Beltre does. Agree?

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

You don’t know who will be available via trade during the season. This could be the best move for the Rangers, I don’t know, I was stating my opinion just like every other person. You wanted to be a smarty with your “It’s not rocket science” comment, that’s not what I’m here for. I never said “Next year there will be one player that they should commit a huge contract to.” I was saying I felt they would be better served waiting and seeing what is available via trade, or free agency next year. But I can see you will never admit that I have a valid point. You picked one line, out of a post, and tried to make it into what the whole topic was about. I’ll let you have the last word now, this is not what I’m here for.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Hahaha this is the first time the word trade has come up. The topic of conversation all along has been free agency. Nice try backtracking though. I wasn’t trying to be a silly head, I was just pointing out that we have the transparency to know exactly who is scheduled to hit free agency next year. You want to make it about technicalities and such, hence the back and forth. Hey, I admit you have a valid point, I just don’t agree with it. I think there isn’t a player in next year’s FA pool in the 80-100m range better than Beltre for the Rangers. You disagree, yet refuse to provide names. So be it. Cheers.

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

“But could this take them away from a potential “ace” if he is made available mid-season because now they won’t be able to sign him long term? If so then I think it was a mistake.”

That is taken from from the post you first replied to. So how again is that ONLY about potential free agents? That’s all you seen because you were ready to make your “it’s not rocket science argument” So once again….we DO NOT KNOW who will be available next season.

Cheers.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Hahaha this is the first time the word trade has come up. The topic of conversation all along has been free agency. Nice try backtracking though. I wasn’t trying to be a silly head, I was just pointing out that we have the transparency to know exactly who is scheduled to hit free agency next year. You want to make it about technicalities and such, hence the back and forth. Hey, I admit you have a valid point, I just don’t agree with it. I think there isn’t a player in next year’s FA pool in the 80-100m range better than Beltre for the Rangers. You disagree, yet refuse to provide names. So be it. Cheers.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

The point is the list of free agents can’t get bigger only smaller, so we know who CAN make it even if we don’t know who will. Of all the people on the list of potentials the only people worth spending good money on are the three first basemen, Oswalt, and Sabathia. There’s likely about a 2% chance any of Pujols, Gonzalez, Oswalt or Sabathia end up as free agents so that leaves Fielder who is likely going to get something in the area of 6/140 but is a Boras client and is said to be looking for a Teixeira type deal so could realistically end up closer to 8/180. If that’s not an overpay nothing is…

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Ah, thanks for that. You put it in a way I wasn’t able to explain. Maybe he understands now…

Also, it’s almost a certainty the option gets picked up, but Cano would also be available, technically. Brings us back to what the Rangers “need” though, and a second baseman it is not, thanks to Kinsler.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, can’t believe I missed Cano on there. But yeah, the Rangers have Kinsler and there’s no chance the Yanks let him go.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Wow, can’t believe I missed Cano on there. But yeah, the Rangers have Kinsler and there’s no chance the Yanks let him go.

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

I understand we know who *could* be free agents. That wasn’t the point. He wanted to look smart by saying “we know who will be available” when in fact we don’t. Guys can be released, non-tendered, there can be international free agents, so the small technicality he wanted to make me look wrong on, he was way off. And he said in his last post that I had never said anything about trades, when I had mentioned a trade for a pitcher at least twice prior. The guy is obiously out for an argument.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

You are correct, however, people who are released or non-tendered as well as *most* international free agents generally only cost a couple mil and the signing of Beltre wont stop them from signing them.

As far as trades go you are correct, this signing could potentially affect that, but it’s hard to say what the owners are willing to do and if they are worth anything they have already taken that kind of stuff into account when they decided how much they were willing to spend on Beltre and if he was worth it to them.

stl_cards16
4 years 7 months ago

I understand we know who *could* be free agents. That wasn’t the point. He wanted to look smart by saying “we know who will be available” when in fact we don’t. Guys can be released, non-tendered, there can be international free agents, so the small technicality he wanted to make me look wrong on, he was way off. And he said in his last post that I had never said anything about trades, when I had mentioned a trade for a pitcher at least twice prior. The guy is obiously out for an argument.

jb226
4 years 7 months ago

Acquisitions are only one part of the picture. In the relatively near future, they’re going to have to figure out what to do with Hamilton, Kinsler and Cruz, and also to begin paying mounting arbitration salaries to Andrus. I won’t speak for anybody else, but I would take any one of those players over Beltre — so if this deal so much as hurts the chances of keeping any of those players, that’s a major strike against it.

Let’s also remember that Wilson started for the first time in his career and was suddenly better than he ever was in relief, the exact opposite of how most players’ performances go, and that Lewis was so bad no major-league team wanted him and he went to Japan and came back as one of the most dominant pitchers in the AL. Maybe they really did figure it out. Maybe they really are this good. But for me, until these guys get another year under their belt to evaluate a bigger body of work I find it extremely dangerous to rely on them. Randy Wells was a stud for the Cubs two years ago and he was just plain bad this year — small sample sizes are dangerous.

Not only do they need to figure those players out, they need to make some moves along the way to fill holes as others leave in free agency or to make improvements, like that first baseman or starting pitcher they could probably use. Presumably Young walks in three years and that helps, but I question if it is enough to accomplish all of these goals.

Beltre is not a bad player, and he’s a strong improvement over Young’s defense and probably a small improvement over Vlad’s offense, but I still find him to be a luxury — who, if reports are correct, the Rangers are about to lock up for 5-6 years and $90-100MM and seemingly overpay compared to every other offer out there.

“Is he worth the salary” is only part of the equation; “what else could we have used that money on” needs to be considered too.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

That’s true, extensions and raises do happen and I don’t know the extent of what they will cost. The truth is though that the same extensions and raises would have had to have happened if they had signed Lee and I didn’t hear people worrying about them then, granted Lee is a much better player than Beltre but he also would have cost them a lot more money. You also have to assume that the Ranger’s front office realizes that they have extensions and raises coming up for certain players and would have taken that into consideration, again the new owners have so far shown that they are willing to spend and willing to do what it takes to put a winning team on the field.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

That’s true, extensions and raises do happen and I don’t know the extent of what they will cost. The truth is though that the same extensions and raises would have had to have happened if they had signed Lee and I didn’t hear people worrying about them then, granted Lee is a much better player than Beltre but he also would have cost them a lot more money. You also have to assume that the Ranger’s front office realizes that they have extensions and raises coming up for certain players and would have taken that into consideration, again the new owners have so far shown that they are willing to spend and willing to do what it takes to put a winning team on the field.

4 years 7 months ago

Great News!!!!!!

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

6 years? ouch.

4 years 7 months ago

Texas has/is being BORASed, i’m dissapointed not because i’m an Angel fan but because that douche Boras wins again, to much-to much…

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 7 months ago

Boras is the best agent out there. If you were an MLB baseball player, I’m sure you would love to have him as your agent

4 years 7 months ago

No one is dougting his talents, he pushes players beyond there value, finds suitors willing to pay these ridiculous salaries and drives the value up on all the remaining junk left behind by default, he is a cog in the works of why this sport is either headed for drastic changes or finacial ruin, you can’t keep growing salaries at this rate, think about it…

4 years 7 months ago

so he is only hated by fans, owners, writers and 90% of remaining players he doesn’t represent.

centerfield_ballhawk
4 years 7 months ago

How much money has this guy earned over the course of his career? He’s had a number of “contract years.”

RahZid
4 years 7 months ago

if by “a number” you mean 2, then yes. He’s also had 3 (once this is official) contracts since leaving LAD. He was a very solid player while in Seattle if you check out his road splits, he really only had 2 down years out of the 5 and one of those was his contract year.

Moral of this story: Safeco kills good hitters.