The latest major free agent to sign in baseball was third basemen Adrian Beltre to the Rangers. Beltre posted one of his best seasons ever at the plate last season and parlayed that into a six-year $96 million deal.
Beltre’s 2010 line of .321/.365/.553 easily outpaced incumbent third baseman Michael Young’s line, and also provides a sizable boost on defense. The Rangers should now have one of the best defensive infields in baseball with Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler, and Moreland/Davis.
This acquisition boosts the Rangers over three wins over a full season, and improves both their division and playoffs chances significantly. With Beltre now manning third, Young will move into a super-utility role likely filling in all around the diamond as well as at DH. Texas should have no problem keeping his bat in the lineup, and providing rest for their infield starters throughout the season.