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Rangers Won't Bring Back Vladimir Guerrero

Adrian Beltre is officially a Texas Ranger - pretty awesome for the short term. He's an excellent defensive third baseman and is a very, very good hitter. The move is even better since it forces Michael Young, a well below average defensive third baseman, off of third base. Young will now serve as Texas' primary designated hitter, which spells the end of Vladimir Guerrero's time with Texas. This a good thing as well, despite the fact that Vlad is one of my favorite players.

Guerrero was excellent in the first half of the season, posting a .918 OPS in the first half of the season while belting 20 home runs. Unfortunately, Guerrero cooled off considerably in the second half, hitting nine home runs while posting an OPS of .748. Guerrero was awful in the playoffs as well, hitting .220/.242/.271. Vlad had just three extra base hits, all doubles, in 59 at bats in the playoffs and only drew two walks in 15 games.

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The Beltre signing is a win in three regards: Beltre and his defense are teamed up with Andrus on the left side of the infield, Young is no longer playing defense and Guerrero is no longer Texas' designated hitter. It's a nice consolation prize to Rangers fans after failing to re-sign Cliff Lee

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