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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Report: Rangers Sign Adrian Beltre

MLB Trade Rumors claims the Rangers are near to a deal with ex-Dodger, ex-Red Sock, and ex-Mariner Adrian Beltre, most likely a five-year deal. If that's what it takes to get a guy who's been closer to average than anyone is comfortable with for most of his career, I'm glad the Angels didn't get him.

And, to those few reading, hullo, I'm back from vacation. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, all.

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Happy New Year, Rob. I'm rather disappointed that the Angels won't get Beltre. With him in the lineup and at 3B, I think they're good enough (with that starting rotation and improved bullpen) to win the division. Without him, their lineup just isn't good enough to win on a regular basis. It seems like such a waste to not put a quality lineup out there when you've got a front three of Weaver-Haren-Santana. The next couple of years will look a lot like 1991 until those three leave via free agency.
Yeah, I'm kind of wondering about that, with Mike Trout playing the role of his fishy forerunner in 1991.
Hi Rob. I'm reading, too. I was willing to overpay for Crawford, since he (along with Trout, when he gets here) would have been a centerpiece we built around. I'm happy not to hamstring our team financially for Beltre. Assuming Callaspo plays 3B and not Wood, I'm ok with that. But yes, as jackflash said, a lot of good pitching will go to waste next year; I have a sinking feeling that if he ends the year 9-13 with an ERA in the top 10 or so in the AL, Weaver will depart for richer waters on the East Coast.
While it's impossible to view this off season as a good one for the Angels, I'm THRILLED that Texas will have to carry the burden of that Beltre contract rather than the Angels. Except for his walk years, the guy hits .260-.270 with 20-25 hrs and 80 rbis. Not bad, but not much better (if better at all) than average. I know Rob will hate this, but I'd actually be happy if we took Figgins back with the Mariners picking up a bit of the salary.
You really think so, Ron? Figgins is, I think, a prime example of a player whose value is principally tied up in his legs. While I don't see much evidence that his speed has radically declined -- I can accept, for example, that his triples decline is a function to some degree of changing ballparks -- you get a guy like this to be a leadoff man, and his .340 OBP last year was disconcertingly low, the worst since 2006. I would be very happy to see him complete his contract as a Mariner.

U.S.S. Mariner last year was pleased to retain Figgins under the "he's not great but he's better that what we might get if we traded him" scenario about the middle of the season. I honestly don't think he's going to get better; the best you can say for him is that at least he stayed on the field, clocking in with his third-highest plate appearance total in his career.
To hitsnerrors: When's the last time the Angels had .260-.270 with 20-25 HR and 80 RBI, coupled with elite defense, at 3B?

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