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Adrian Beltre Newsbeat

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Engel: Rangers need to do right by Adrian Beltre and trade him

Mac Engel on his high horse:

Hopefully the Rangers do Beltre better than the Dallas Mavericks did to Dirk Nowitzki.

Much like the Mavs with Dirk, the Rangers sold Beltre a bag of hope when it’s more of a prayer, and made him believe they had a shot at the one thing he covets, a title, when we know they don’t.

Beltre doesn’t want to think about it, or talk about it, so let us do it for him.

The second before it becomes apparent this team can’t win the World Series, the Rangers need to do right by Beltre and trade him to the team that can. That “second” feels a lot like right now.

I don’t know that I agree with the premises here.  Sure, if some team offers outstanding prospects for Beltre mid-season, I will mourn his departure but deal with it – he’s not going to be in the major leagues for much longer, let alone as a Ranger.

But in these days of two wild cards, the Rangers might have a reasonable shot at playing in October.  They have some decent high-priced veterans (including Beltre himself) and they have some kids with upside.  The challenge will be to see if all the kids can have good years at once.  Last year, they didn’t.

Conversely, you could trade Beltre practically anywhere – LA, New York, Houston – as late as August, and he’d have no guarantee he’d be playing after the LDS round in October.  So the idea that a trade will get him a strong shot at the World Series, while noble-sounding, is also a “bag of hope.”

 

BDC Posted: February 27, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, nowitzki, rangers, success cycle, trades

 

 

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