Since the end of the World Series, Rangers fans have been hoping for a significant signing that would show everyone that our club means business. As of this afternoon, those hopes have been realized in the form of a 31-year-old 3rd baseman.
Adrian Beltre is officially official, which we kind of already knew was going to happen. According to what I have read, the deal is eerily similar to what a Dominican newspaper reported on Monday ($96MM/6).
What this deal means in the long-run is hard to say, but there are a few dominoes that have already fallen as a result of it.
First and foremost, the Angels may officially be in rebuilding mode. Aside from a couple of left-handed relievers, the Angels have done all of nothing to improve their club.
Their rotation, while good, will still be the same as last season. Kendry Morales might give them a boost, but he won’t make up the 10 game difference on his own.
Meanwhile, the owner seems confused at how much free agents cost, which meant missing out on both Beltre and Carl Crawford.
The Angels have stalled, but I think I can live with that.
Then there’s Michael Young, who continues to be the poster child for team players and insists that he’ll end his career in Texas. [I really hope he does, too.]
It seems now that he will serve in a DH/SU* role, but Wash insists that he absolutely won’t be playing in the outfield, which is fine considering the level of talent we already have out there.
I do feel a little bad for Young, not because he’s being moved, but because he had already been told rather emphatically that he was the 3rd baseman. While technically true at the time, I feel like the club could have been a little more open about their plans for the hot corner.
Still, no trades have been demanded and at the moment everyone seems to be happy…
…except for Vladimir Guerrero, whose agent has been informed that he is done in Texas.
There’s no question in my mind that Vlad is going to be a Hall of Famer, but he may be at that point where he won’t be able to put together a full season of his kind of production.
While he did carry this team for almost two months, he was more of a liability down the stretch and he only had one shining moment of brilliance in the playoffs**. There is a chance that he could reach 3000 hits and 500 homeruns if he plays for two or three more seasons, but he likely won’t be doing it in a Rangers uniform.
So, farewell, Vladdy.
That’s where we stand at the moment and where we go from here remains to be seen.
In Beltre you have a defensive upgrade that can hit .315, 100 RBIs, and 30 HRs. That is far from guaranteed, though. You also have a guy that always looks angry for some reason. He said in his press conference that he came here to win, which is better than coming here to lose, I guess.
As far as other Hot Stove chatter, news came out last night that Matt Garza was being heavily favored in a trade with the Cubs, but that was shot down this morning. I started to wonder a few days ago if the Rays were going to just wait on Garza to see where everyone is in June. It’s somewhat likely that either the Rays won’t be as bad as everyone thinks or that someone will be willing to overpay for his services at the trade deadline.
Boy, I hope the Rangers are in a position to overpay at the trade deadline…
*Super-utility, meaning he’ll play a support role to various infielders and occasionally Nolan Ryan’s statue.
**But what a moment it was, amirite?!