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UPDATE: The Adrian Beltre/Rangers seesaw continues

Jan 3, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

Adrian Beltre

UPDATE:  First Adrian Beltre and the Rangers had a deal. Then they didn’t. Then a deal was imminent. Now it’s not again:

Club officials are not particularly optimistic that something will get down with third baseman Adrian Beltre. That deal seems unlikely give the tenor of feeling on Monday but things could change.

The weird thing about this is that neither side of these conflicting reports is openly refuting the other.  Usually we see “So-and-so said a deal was close, but a team source says that’s not the case.”  Not on this. Here it’s like we have two alternate realities existing in which Adrian Beltre is close to signing and not at all close to signing and they are totally unaware of the other.

Maybe we’re in a Star Trek: TNG episode. They used to encounter that kind of thing all the time.  If only we can somehow communicate with our alternate selves, we could solve this crisis!  I suggest doing something with a tachyon field. Or perhaps reconfiguring the deflector dish.  If we need more power, we can just divert some from the main shields. Yes, I know that leaves us vulnerable in the event of an attack, but how likely is that to occur? We’re on a research mission for crying out loud!

11:05 AMEnrique Rojas of ESPN reports that “an agreement appears imminent,” between Adrian Beltre and the Rangers.

We are in grain of salt territory here however. Why? because yesterday there were reports that a deal was done, but those were walked back by U.S. writers, presumably with Rangers sources, who say that there are conversations but nothing close to being done. Rojas’ new report cites those reports from the Dominican Republic yesterday, but it is bylined from ten minutes ago.  Is he reporting something new pointing to an imminent deal, or did an ESPN editor jump the gun or misread Rojas’ latest dispatch as the latest news when he was really reporting on yesterday’s now discredited reports?  And if it is the latter, why no acknowledgments of the debunkings from earlier today? Hurm.

Rojas is good, though. If there’s a deal in place, it would not shock me in the least if he had it first.  It seems like player-sourced news tends to beat team-sourced news with this sort of thing anyway.

  1. elmaquino - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    this morning, several reports came out that it wasn’t happening.

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2011/01/adrian-beltre-rumors-monday.html

  2. apbaguy - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    This back and forth gives the Rangers’ fans the necessary time to prepare themselves for the inevitable disappointment of Beltre’s performance after his signing.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 3, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    All they have to do is move the LF wall in about 100 feet, just like fenway. I could probably hit 20HR there

    • clydeserra - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      (except he was better on the road in 2010, and he will be a 20 run gain on defense over Michael Young)

    • Ari Collins - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      going along with clydeserra, he’s been a better hitter on the road by a TON nearly every single year of his career. Even with Boston.

    • baseballisboring - Jan 4, 2011 at 3:24 AM

      It’s also like 37 feet high. I think it gives you way more cheap doubles than home runs.

      • clydeserra - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        True, but beside the point. Beltre was better AWAY from the green monster

  4. stankfinger - Jan 3, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Over/Under on first umbrella drink after Beltre signs his retirement package/contract?

  5. mr304 - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    Why would you pay a ton of money for a position player you dont need??? You just lost Cliff Lee maybe you should be thinking “PITCHER”

  6. fivetoolmike - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    What if we separate the saucer section and detonate the warp core in whatever fissure in the space-time continuum that’s causing all this trouble?

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