Adrian Beltre is entering his walk year with the Rangers. It’s the last year of a six-year deal if you include the option year on which he’s currently playing. It was a five-year $80 million deal and the option for 2016 is $16 million.
Beltre has been a fantastic signing for Texas. In the past five years he’s hit .309/.358/.514 and has averaged 27 homers and 92 RBI a year. That, combined with his outstanding defense at third base, his durability (he’s averaged 146 games a year on this deal) and his status as a team leader had made him one of the better free agent signings in recent memory.
But Beltre is not done playing and Jon Heyman reports that he’s looking for a three-year extension worth $19 million a season, which is Pablo Sandoval money. Beltre is better then Sandoval, but he’s also turning 37 next month.
Do you commit to a guy like that for his age 40 season? Especially when, in his age 36 season, his offense took a clear step back? I suppose you do if Beltre is willing to negotiate during the year and shows that he’s still capable of being a superior hitter and fielder, but that’s going to be a hard call for Texas, I think.