Now that Adrian Beltre has retired, the Texas Rangers will need to assign players to his previously held roles. Who plays third? Who hits fourth? Who leads?
Adrian Beltre‘s decision to retire came as a disappointment Tuesday morning. He was such an integral part to the Texas Rangers’ success over the past eight years and he was of course a fan favorite. Though the organization is sad to see him go, it’s safe to say Beltre’s decision didn’t come as a shock.
The Rangers were prepared. Even if he decided to return for another season, Texas knew there was a chance he would go elsewhere as a free agent. Thus, they had a replacement in line for him at third base and they had already adapted leadership expectations within the clubhouse. The only thing that was up in the air was who would take Beltre’s place as the offense’s clean up hitter.
Legends like Adrian Beltre are not replaceable by any means. With that said, losing him at the age of 39 will not be any major setback for the team. Spots now open up to allow young players to gain reps and grow as major leaguers. Beltre’s decision falls perfectly in line with the ongoing rebuild.
Let’s reveal the replacements for the roles previously held by Beltre…