The Texas Rangers should strong consider trading All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre. It sounds crazy. How can the team trade a player that leads the team in batting average (.321), home runs (15) and runs batted in (57)? That is the triple crown for one team. Well, it’s because his trade stock is very high right now, and teams would be willing to give up a lot for his both his bat and his stellar defensive play.
Beltre may arguably be the best all-around third baseman in the majors right now, but he is also 35 years old. The Rangers do have an up-and-coming third baseman in their system, Joey Gallo who took home the All-Star Futures Game MVP honors. Scouts expect him to be ready to be the everyday player for the Rangers come 2016 when Beltre’s contract expires, but with Gallo’s talent, he could come up earlier in say his age 21 season.
With Beltre’s age, he would certainly love to play for a team that is contending for a championship. The Rangers’ championship days are done, and they lie in last place in the AL West with the majors’ worst record. It was rumored the Washington Nationals asked about the Rangers’ trading price for Beltre. That would put the All-Star right in the midst of a division race and would give the Nationals a lot of help both offensively and defensively at a position they did not think would be trading for a long time when they drafted Ryan Zimmerman, who has become more of a health liability.
Trading Beltre would make sense for the Rangers. They have a replacement in Gallo, Beltre’s stock would certainly bring in some players that could help with the team’s lack of depth and it gives the All-Star third baseman a chance to use his talent for a team competing for a pennant — not a first overall draft pick.