The Rangers and Adrian Beltre are close to agreeing to a six year deal worth 96 million dollars, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney. Beltre really cashed in like he did in his last contract year before signing with the Mariners.
Beltre signs on to play third base for the Rangers, moving Michael Young to the DH/utility role, which he apparently is okay with.
"I want to do what's best for a winning team," Young said. "That's always been the case and it always will be. I'm willing to do what I need to do to help this team."
Young has been the perfect franchise player since the Rangers acquired him back in 2000. He has moved positions whenever they asked, negotiated reasonable contracts, and been a good face for the franchise.
Beltre will give the Rangers a potent bat and a solid glove over at third base, but he is 31 and by the end of this deal who knows in what kind of shape he will be in. However, after the year the Rangers put up, investing long-term and hoping the first three to four years are fruitful is the new aggressive style of the Rangers.