Rangers To Sign Adrian Beltre

The Rangers have won the bidding for Adrian Beltre and agreed to terms with the third baseman on a deal that keeps him away from Texas' AL West rivals, the A's and Angels. The team has announced the agreement.

Beltre and the Rangers agreed to a five-year $80MM contract that includes a $16MM vesting option for a sixth year, ESPN.com's Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). The agreement includes a limited no-trade clause, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). 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 this week 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 is 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. Yahoo's Tim Brown reported that the sides were nearing a deal and that the sides had an agreement (Twitter links). Heyman reported that the Rangers were making progress on a deal in the $90-100MM range (Twitter links) and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports and others also contributed to the story.


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270 Comments on "Rangers To Sign Adrian Beltre"


Steven St Croix
4 years 7 months ago

Not smart

4 years 7 months ago

:O

Brent Schuber
4 years 7 months ago

Overpaid for a descent player not good for rangers lol

SmackSaw
4 years 7 months ago

They’re starting to resemble the ’96 squad. All bop.

4 years 7 months ago

This move’s not just about the “bop.” Swapping out Young for Beltre at 3B is a 20-run defensive improvement by Fangraphs’ numbers.

That said, unless you believe Beltre’s performance (7.1 WAR, same as Cliff Lee) last year is his new baseline and he can maintain somewhere within shouting distance of that performance for most of the contract, this contract will look pretty bad in about 3 years.

agwatchdog
4 years 7 months ago

Thank god the Angels and Dodgers passed on this fraud!

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, because the Angels are much better team that the Athletics and Rangers without Beltre.

Wait…

kdub53
4 years 7 months ago

you mean “then”? :)

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

no he means “than”

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Dang, beat me to it.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

I’m embarrassed… I actually work part time as an editor.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

That’s perfect

MB923
4 years 7 months ago

Apply to ESPN, their writers stink and their editors fix their mistakes days later in articles. It’s hilarious.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

I’m embarrassed… I actually work part time as an editor.

kdub53
4 years 7 months ago

haha

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

You mean “than”? :)

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

You mean “than”? :)

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, because the Angels are much better team that the Athletics and Rangers without Beltre.

Wait…

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

He just is angry that the angels are stuck with Morning Wood at third base.

Zach
4 years 7 months ago

Now they can’t pay Nelson Cruz or josh hamilton

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Did they tell you that?

TXHC
4 years 7 months ago

I know it is hard for some of you people to wrap your heads around, but get this through your heads.

TOM. HICKS. DOESN’T. OWN. THE. RANGERS. ANYMORE.

Zach
4 years 7 months ago

Now they can’t pay Nelson Cruz or josh hamilton

Eric
4 years 7 months ago

I like Adrian Beltre. I wouldn’t give him 15M+ per year, but he has a gold glove at 3B and can hit for some power in the right ball park (Arlington). However, I don’t like the idea of Micheal Young making 16M to DH. This is just one more middle finger to the Angels, and I like it!

BK
4 years 7 months ago

Texas is like the reality star that wins $25k and starts spending money and acting like they are Kanye West. They are simply overrcommitting to non pressing needs. This whole “we can be competitive” thing is new to them and it has got them thinking with their heart and not their head. These huge crappy contracts in a slightly above average (size) market team are going to add up quick and leave you looking like the Mets circa 2008.

Just like almost every year of the decade, the Angels will be back.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

It could be worse. At least they’re not paying Gary Matthews Jr. 8 figures to play for another team (or not play at all), like the Angels are having to do for the second year in a row.

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

Not to mention whoever “wins” the right to see Carl Pavano sit on the DL for the next 3 years.. The ultimate contract year player, yet people here act like beltre is.

Funny how all these people ignore a guy like Pavano have 3-4 years of nothing but injuries, then 2 seasons out of nowhere when his contract is up, but Beltre actually plays and has GG seasons, plays through injuries and puts up fair numbers to boot, yet he is a contract player in one of the lousiest hitter’s parks in the game, being Seattle.

cookmeister
4 years 7 months ago

except Pavano isn’t going to make potentially $16 mil per year over 6 years

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

Beltre you figure will be on the field, put up 25-30 HR, have an 800+OPS and give you GG defense at 3B. Pavano on the other hand will have a more than all likelihood of spending 2/3 of the next 3 seasons on the DL for some sort of injury, whether real or imagined at 10M+ per season over 3 years.

cookmeister
4 years 7 months ago

except Pavano isn’t going to make potentially $16 mil per year over 6 years

MarkInDallas
4 years 7 months ago

DFW is the number 5 media market in the US, and is the largest media market that doesn’t have two MLB teams. So calling it slightly above average size is a little misleading.

Like most contracts, this one will be seen as worth it if he plays well, and an albatross if he tanks.

BK
4 years 7 months ago

Texas is like the reality star that wins $25k and starts spending money and acting like they are Kanye West. They are simply overrcommitting to non pressing needs. This whole “we can be competitive” thing is new to them and it has got them thinking with their heart and not their head. These huge crappy contracts in a slightly above average (size) market team are going to add up quick and leave you looking like the Mets circa 2008.

Just like almost every year of the decade, the Angels will be back.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

The infield defense for 5 years might make up for Cliff Lee’s fWAR over the next 7 years.

4 years 7 months ago

“Say Mike… d’ya think you could slide over to short so we can deal A-Rod? Thaaaaanks.”

“Say Mike… how about moving to third so we can play Andrus? ‘ppreciate ya, buddy.”

“Say Mike… wanna try DH? We’re gonna sign Adrian Beltre.”

“Say Mike… how do you feel about being a AAA bench coach?”

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Cute post. But what’s wrong with Young doing what he and management feel is in the best interest of the team?

I wish every player had Michael Young’s attitude!

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

i’m sure the management is thrilled to pay Young $16 Mill per year

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

I never said (or even implied) that he isn’t overpaid. I’m just pointing out the fact that he’s a team player.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

i’m sure the management is thrilled to pay Young $16 Mill per year

4 years 7 months ago

I wasn’t mocking Young’s attitude, only having some fun with the constantly declining value he has. I mean, really… at this point, the guy has got to be feeling like Milton from Office Space… “We’re gonna need to move your desk…”

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Cute post. But what’s wrong with Young doing what he and management feel is in the best interest of the team?

I wish every player had Michael Young’s attitude!

TXHC
4 years 7 months ago

LOL

4 years 7 months ago

“Say Mike… d’ya think you could slide over to short so we can deal A-Rod? Thaaaaanks.”

“Say Mike… how about moving to third so we can play Andrus? ‘ppreciate ya, buddy.”

“Say Mike… wanna try DH? We’re gonna sign Adrian Beltre.”

“Say Mike… how do you feel about being a AAA bench coach?”

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

For some teams, and for the right price, Beltre makes sense. This however, defies logic on all levels.

Gumby65
4 years 7 months ago

For some teams, and for the right price, Beltre makes sense. This however, defies logic on all levels.

Dick Armada
4 years 7 months ago

Boras finds another sucker team, and Young is going to be the highest paid janitor in the world.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Barry Zito says hi.

4 years 7 months ago

More like Vernon Wells and Soriano say hi.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 7 months ago

no, vernon’s a decent CF when healthy. Obviously not worth half his contract but i wouldn’t group him with soriano

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

Carlos Zambrano may nudge zito over and with his temper.. More than a gentle nudge to boot…

monkeyspanked
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah but he’s waving his hand with the ring on his finger!

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

While he’s doing that his teammates quietly remind him that he had pretty much nothing to do with him getting a ring.

start_wearing_purple
4 years 7 months ago

Barry Zito says hi.

4 years 7 months ago

Rangers fans do not get excited! Beltre only does well in contract years…such a phony

DudasPriest
4 years 7 months ago

6 years and 96 mil??? If those are indeed the final numbers I’m surprised at the Rangers for this. I don’t think anyone else was willing to offer a sixth year, let alone 16 mil per. He’ll obviously upgrade the team, but down the road this contract may come back to bite them.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

Oakland actually offered a sixth year, if Peter Gammons is to be believed. But it was for $76 mil, instead of the reported $96 mil that he’ll get from the Rangers if the 6th year vests.

DudasPriest
4 years 7 months ago

Oh okay. I guess Beane helped inflate the price. Still seems like an overpay to me, but as an A’s fan I’m not happy that he’s back in the AL west.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

It’s definitely an overpay. No doubt about it. I just wish it had been the Angels that ponied up for him. I’m an A’s fan, too. And I think he’ll be able to do A LOT more damage in Texas, than he would have in Anaheim.

RepOak
4 years 7 months ago

But angels have better pitching than rangers. So in fact, beltre going to Texas isn’t as bad as if he went to Anaheim. Texas pitching still has prove themselves they can do it again this year minus Lee. Beltre still is a plus addition to their lineup don’t get me wrong but without good pitching to keep runs off the board the west is still a toss up.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

True. On paper, the Angels look like they’re gonna have a much better pitching staff than the Rangers. But my point is that I don’t think Beltre could have produced nearly as many runs for the Halos (or A’s, for that matter) as he’ll be able to for the Rangers. In Texas he’ll have the luxury of playing half his games inside a thimble called Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and he’ll be hitting somewhere in the middle of Andrus, Hamilton, Cruz, Kinsler and Young.

He wouldn’t have had that luxury in Anaheim or Oakland.

4 years 7 months ago

Beltre will most likely take Vlad’s spot in the lineup: Andrus, Young, Hamilton, Beltre, Cruz, Kinsler.

4 years 7 months ago

That’s a lot of right-handers in a row though? Don’t think the Vlad spot for Beltre is a slam dunk.

4 years 7 months ago

Well if I remember correctly, the Rangers are only gonna have 3 left handed batters in their lineup on most days, Moreland/Davis (1B), Hamilton (OF), and Borbon/Murphy (OF). Unless you do L, R, R, L, R, R, L, R, R… you will wind up with at least 3 right handers in a row.

4 years 7 months ago

Well if I remember correctly, the Rangers are only gonna have 3 left handed batters in their lineup on most days, Moreland/Davis (1B), Hamilton (OF), and Borbon/Murphy (OF). Unless you do L, R, R, L, R, R, L, R, R… you will wind up with at least 3 right handers in a row.

you realize that Cliff Lee wasn’t with the Rangers until July of last year and he struggled for much of the regular season, right?

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

It’s definitely an overpay. No doubt about it. I just wish it had been the Angels that ponied up for him. I’m an A’s fan, too. And I think he’ll be able to do A LOT more damage in Texas, than he would have in Anaheim.

Tko11
4 years 7 months ago

Why would they outbid the A’s by 20 million though?

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

No idea. But they might have thought that the Angels would eventually cave in and give him what he had been asking for all along, and wanted to beat them to to the punch.

Just a theory, though.

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

Werth got an extra year + 30M more and only has 3 seasons of a track record. How can this be an overpay when Beltre is one of the best fielding 3B in the game and has 10 seasons of a average to good track record with his at the least?

Beltre detractors never cease to amaze me.

4 years 7 months ago

Overpaying refers to what the market value is, and if the Rangers are going to pay him $20mil more than anyone else, they are overpaying by at LEAST $15mil.

bjsguess
4 years 7 months ago

Exactly right. Couple that with the fact that Beltre was NOT a need. The team is already committing $16m to their other 3rd baseman.

Put another way, the team could have brought in a big bat at 1st and DH for the same annual average value as Beltre. So, that gives you two scenarios (as an example):

— Scenario 1 – Young at 1st base/DH/utility role … Beltre at 3rd
— Scenario 2 – Young at 3rd … Vlad at DH … LaRoche at 1st

Both would cost approximately the same. However, I’d bet my paycheck that scenario 2 contribute AT LEAST 2 additional WAR vs scenario 1. (And yeah – I know LaRoche isn’t available as of today – it was just an example). And you don’t have an issue with a 6 year contract. And you keep your first round pick.

4 years 7 months ago

I’ve been saying for quite a while now, that the Rangers should have signed Vlad to a $10M/3 year deal. Vlad has said that years are more important than dollars.

Beltre just doesn’t make sense. Not at $16M/Yr anyways… he probably could have been had for $14M or less. I just hope the Rangers dont regret this later… Michael Young’s contract is bad for the next 3years and they’re pretty much stuck with him. What happens if Beltre doesnt pan out after year 3 and they’re stuck in the same prediciment?

DudasPriest
4 years 7 months ago

6 years and 96 mil??? If those are indeed the final numbers I’m surprised at the Rangers for this. I don’t think anyone else was willing to offer a sixth year, let alone 16 mil per. He’ll obviously upgrade the team, but down the road this contract may come back to bite them.

deedublu
4 years 7 months ago

Slight overpay in years, but at least their owner isn’t Arte Moreno.

and I’m a Brewers fan, by the way.

4 years 7 months ago

Arte Moreno = One of the best owners in baseball.

Not overpaying just to please fans at the expense of his club’s future is one major reason why that equation holds true.

CutTheString
4 years 7 months ago

Umm….wasn’t Moreno the one who signed (and is still paying) Gary Mathews?

After that little debacle it’s like the Angels said “no more free agents”

bjsguess
4 years 7 months ago

We get it. GMJ was a bad signing.

Never mind that EVERY team has a bad contract or two on the books.

As for not bringing in more FA’s … well Torii Hunter was signed to almost $100m contract. Bobby Abreu, Hideki Matsui were both FA acquisitions. They took on big contracts with Kazmir and Haren. They made very respectable offers to Sabathia and Teixeira.

But don’t let facts get in the way …

Casor_Greener
4 years 7 months ago

He’s paying Gary Matthews about 10M not to play, but that’s not overly large in this market. Paying someone 16M to play at a $10M level at best (i.e. Michael Young) added with the major overpay of Beltre is worse. I’m guessing math and statistics aren’t exactly some of your strengths…

crashcameron
4 years 7 months ago

dont forget, angel wonks: all those dollars for all those mediocre middle releivers!

CutTheString
4 years 7 months ago

Well last I checked it’s better to overpay a guy by $6MM and get something out of it then it is to pay a guy $10MM to go away. Then again as you so cleverly pointed out math isn’t my strong suit.
I’m guessing if you told Arte “you can have Michael Young and pay him $16MM for his productive bat OR you can keep paying GMJ $10MM for nothing” he picks Young all day long.

4 years 7 months ago

One word: NO!

$1534453
4 years 7 months ago

He’s definitely getting paid more than he’s worth, in my opinion. But I still think this is a good signing for the Rangers. He fits in great with their current lineup, and getting to play 81 games in Arlington will likely mean that his numbers won’t dip too much (if at all) from 2010. And that’s not to mention his stellar defense, which I don’t think will decline a whole lot over the course of this contract (it’s not like he’s a SS, 2B or CF).