The 20-year MLB veteran Adrian Beltre could be playing in his last season with the Texas Rangers. His latest comments have some questioning whether Beltre will be in Arlington for the 2018 season.
At the trade deadline the Texas Rangers decided to sell rather than buy and attempt a playoff push. Third baseman Adrian Beltre expressed his disappointment with the organization trading ace pitcher Yu Darvish.
The 38-year-old veteran then went on to say that he is not interested in a full-scale rebuild. At this stage in his career Beltre wants to win rather than watch the organization build for the future.
"“We’re not pleased with the trade,” Beltre told the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t think we are completely sold on the situation being [hopeless] for this year. It was a tough situation."
That’s not all, Beltre went on to say he understand it’s a business and Darvish was on a one-year deal. It was a smart move by General Manager Jon Daniels, but it could have frustrated some of the veteran players still with the organization.
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If the Rangers don’t plan on contending in 2018 then Beltre will likely want out. The current contract Beltre is under expires after next season, and it could be his last in the MLB. Just like every player Beltre wants to win, and if Texas is headed in rebuild he’ll likely request a trade.
This season Beltre is hitting .301 with nine home runs and 36 RBI in 53 games. He spent much of the first half of the season on the disabled list. Despite injuries Beltre has continued to put together a strong campaign, and is the heart and soul of the Rangers organization.
It doesn’t sound like Jon Daniels wants a full-scale rebuild in Arlington, but it could happen. If it does fans can expect Beltre and other veteran players to be headed elsewhere in 2018. Right now the Rangers are focused on 2017, and finishing the season strong.