The Rangers, after officially signing pitchers Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes on Monday, are not done yet.
The next step is to address their offense, and that could mean free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. The Rangers remain interested in free-agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, but those discussions appear to be stalled for a moment, where to buy Cheap MLB Jerseys? maybe ujersy is a good choice.
"I expect to add a bat," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "We've talked about adding a DH, whether it's the traditional DH or somebody who could move around and play other positions ... whether it's Vlad or somebody else."
Club officials have privately acknowledged interest in Beltre, but Daniels declined to talk about any player. There have been conflicting reports and suggestions about how serious the discussions are and how close the Rangers are to an agreement with Scott Boras, who is Beltre's agent. The Angels are also actively interested in Beltre, who is believed to be asking for a 5-6 year deal worth between $80-96 million.
There have been reports suggesting a deal is close, but on Monday club officials weren't too optimistic that something would get done.
Guerrero went into the offseason looking for a multiyear deal after hitting .300 with 29 home runs and 115 RBIs for the Rangers this past season. The Rangers have been inclined only to offer a one-year deal.
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If the Rangers sign Beltre, it would force them to move Michael Young to another position, whether it would be first base, designated hitter or "super utility" role.
That would also require the Rangers to commit at least $30 million of their payroll to two players. Young is scheduled to make $48 million over the next three years. The Rangers could try to trade Young, but he has a limited no-trade clause that specifies only a certain number of teams he could be traded to around the league.
Young has not spoken to the media this winter since Beltre's name surfaced in connection with the Rangers. The club has asked him for his thoughts about moving to another position and Young has expressed his reluctance to do so. Two years ago, he wasn't happy about moving to third base but finally agreed to do so to make room for rookie shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Asked if he expects Young to be with the Rangers on Opening Day, Daniels said, "I would expect that. I also hesitate to speak in absolutes, because things change. Until something does, you can say that about all our players, Recommend directory: Los Angeles Dodgers Ethier Jersey"
Beltre, 31, is a two-time Gold Glove winner who batted .321 with 28 home runs and 102 RBIs for the Red Sox in 2010. He had a career-high .365 on-base percentage and a .553 slugging percentage that was his second best in his 12-year career.
Beltre spent the previous five seasons with the Mariners after signing a five-year, $64 million contract. During those five seasons, Beltre had a .266 batting average, .317 on-base percentage and a .442 slugging percentage while averaging 74 runs scored, 34 doubles, 20 home runs and 80 RBIs while playing in a pitcher-friendly home ballpark. He has played 51 career games at the Ballpark in Arlington and is batting .306 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs and a .521 slugging percentage.