One of the biggest surprises this baseball season is the struggles of the Texas Rangers; a team that for two years, were the defending American League champions and were also an out away from being the World Series Champions back in 2011.
Yet in 2014, the Rangers are 38-55 and are not only in last place in the American League West division, but are also in dead last in the American League and have the worst record in all of baseball. And with some expensive contracts on their books, they are a prime candidate to be sellers given the fact that they are 20 games back of the first place Oakland A's.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN reported that the Rangers have been getting calls on some of their players like Joakim Soria, Alex Rios and Elvis Andrus, but the more important one; third basemen Adrian Beltre.
"Yes, they've already received trade inquiries on healthy stars Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Alex Rios and the rejuvenated Joakim Soria, who's back pitching lights out after his second Tommy John surgery and perhaps serving as a role model for lots of Rangers needing comebacks. While the Rangers don't appear to be seriously considering deals for any of their stars at the moment, they also understand the reality is that they may be outmanned as currently constituted, which may eventually cause them to mull the more serious offers."
Beltre makes a very interesting trade candidate, especially for the Yankees considering they could not only use a current upgrade at the position, but need overall help on offense since they are struggling to score runs on a consistent basis; a big reason why they are 46-46 heading into Saturday night.
The 35-year-old Beltre, still considered to be one of the best overall third basemen in the game, is hitting .341 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI in 79 games for the last-placed Rangers and is not only a great weapon to have on offense, but even at 35, is still one of the best fielding third basemen in the game.
Beltre, who signed a five-year, $80 million deal with the Rangers before the 2011 season, would be an ideal replacement for the team to have over players such as Kelly Johnson, Yangervis Solarte and Zelous Wheeler, who are all filling in while Alex Rodriguez serves his season-long suspension this season.
While A-Rod is expected to be back for the Yankees in 2015, shifting him to the DH spot would be in the team's best interest and having Beltre to plug into third for at least another season, maybe two if his 2016 option for $16 million vests, would make the Yankees stronger in the lineup and in the field going forward.
The Yankees at one point were linked to having interest in San Diego Padres third basemen Chase Headley, who is a free agent after the 2014 season, but the team also is reported to having no interest in Headley with him hitting just .225, but their interest in Beltre could pick up before July 31.
If the Rangers are serious about moving Beltre before the deadline, the Yankees should show some interest and put in a call to see what they can offer to land him.
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