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Texas Rangers Set To Sign Adrian Beltre

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Texas Rangers are about to sign free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. A report surfaced earlier today from the Dominican Republic that a deal was close to agreement, but that rumor had been shot down. Now, according to Rojas, it looks like that Beltre and the Rangers will come to an agreement "imminently."

Beltre hit .321/.365/.553 this year for the Boston Red Sox while belting 28 home runs. Beltre was a tremendous defensive asset as well, posting a DRS (Defensive runs saved) of 10 and a UZR/150 of 12.7. Beltre's 2010 WAR (wins above replacement) was an excellent 7.1 in 2010.

If the report is true, that means that Michael Young will no longer be the third baseman of the Rangers. Young would likely become the Rangers designated hitter, meaning Vladimir Guerrero would likely have to find a new home. It's feasible still that Texas could trade Young, as had been rumored during the Winter Meetings, or possibly even moving Young to first base.

To discuss this potential signing, head over to Lone Star Ball.

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