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January 04, 2011

Rangers closing in on Adrian Beltre

The Rangers could have an agreement in place with Adrian Beltre as soon as this evening that would make the free agent their starting third baseman and make Michael Young a versitile designated hitter who could play several positions in 2011.

Baseball sources have indicated that the proposed deal as of now would guarantee Beltre $80 million over five years, with a vesting option for a sixth year that would make the deal worth another $16 million. He would have to pass a physical and the Rangers would have to create a spot on the 40-man roster before the deal would become official.

Young said late Monday that he is willing to move to DH next season to make room for Beltre, who is a two-time Gold Glove winner at third base. Young become the Rangers' third baseman in 2009 to make room for shortstop Elvis Andrus.

General manager Jon Daniels spoke with Young recently and described a role in which the Rangers would attempt to get the six-time All-Star on the field as much as possible. He would likely spell other infielders to keep them fresh.

-- Jeff Wilson

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