New Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said Wednesday he believed he found the perfect fit for him with the Rangers. Beltre and his agent Scott Boras met with the media after they agreed to a six year, $96- million deal with the Rangers.
The contract is not official yet, but general manager Jon Daniels said that it's awaiting MLB approval. Once the deal is official, the Rangers will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Beltre. Beltre, 31, will make $14 million this year, $15 million in 2012, $16 million in 2013, $17 million in 2014 and $18 million in 2015. The 2016 deal for $16 million becomes guaranteed if Beltre gets 600 plate appearances in 2015 or combines for 1,200 or more over the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said he expects Beltre to hit cleanup along with his third base duties. The plan for Michael Young would be to be the team's primary designated hitter as well as a utility infielder. He will see work at first base in spring training. Beltre said he spoke with Young today, but didn't get into details. General manager Jon Daniels said the signing of Beltre means the Rangers will not pursue Vladimir Guerrero.
Beltre will wear No. 29. Julio Borbon, who currently wears 29, will change numbers.
- Anthony Andro