Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was named the team's player of the year on Wednesday by the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Beltre, 33, hit .321/.359/.561 with 36 home runs in 2012, while playing his usual Gold Glove-caliber defense. Widely considered the best third baseman of his era, Beltre led the American League with a .974 fielding percentage and finished fourth among players who appeared in at least 100 games at third base with a total zone rating of 6.
The Rangers finished second in the AL in team batting average (.273) and OPS (.780), but a late-season collapse cost them the division crown and forced the team to play a wild card play-in game against the Baltimore Orioles, which the Rangers lost.
In two seasons with the Rangers, Beltre has been a .310/.347/.561 hitter. He is signed with the team through the 2015 season, after which he'll be 36 years old.