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Report: Indians, Phillies interested in Adrian Beltre trade

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After spending the last seven years with the Texas Rangers, greener pastures may be beckoning for Adrian Beltre as his career winds down.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported on Thursday that the Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia Phillies are interested in trading for the veteran slugger. Morosi cites Beltre’s familiarity with Indians manager Terry Francona from their days with the Boston Red Sox as well as his potential positive influence on the Phillies’ emerging core as reasons behind the interest from both teams.

Beltre, 39, is hitting .302 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 2018, having just returned from a hamstring issue. While he does have a full-no trade clause, the four-time All-Star will be a free agent after the season.

The Rangers are currently the worst team in the AL West, so the second-place Phillies and division-leading Indians would both be better situations from a winning standpoint. Beltre is still after his first World Series ring as well, but some of his recent comments might indicate that he prefers to stay in the AL.

Adrian Beltre open to DHing more after latest hamstring injury

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Adrian Beltre is open to serving as a DH more after experiencing problems with his hamstring this season.

Beltre was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a hamstring strain and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. This is the second time he’s been placed on the DL this season because of his hamstring.

When speaking with reporters, Beltre talked about serving as a DH more to prolong his career.

I can be a part-time DH. There is no doubt that if I want to play more games that maybe DH will be more realistic for me to consider. And I have. I think if I play more DH I can prolong my career,” Beltre said, via the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “I need to see what the opportunity is and when I’m ready to play, we can discuss that again. I’m just here to do whatever the team wants me to do.”

Beltre, 39, has played in 29 games this season and fared well, batting .314 with a .797 OPS. He certainly can still swing an effective stick, but if his body is unable to handle the rigors of being a full-time player, perhaps DHing more would be wise. Maybe he could split some time there with Shin-Soo Choo in the future.

Adrian Beltre injures hamstring, likely headed back to DL

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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre cannot shake his lingering hamstring issues.

Beltre injured his hamstring again in Sunday’s game, potentially aggravating an injury that cost him 12 games this season and will likely send him back to the disabled list.

“Rough, because I didn’t feel any setback. I didn’t feel the hamstring at all,” Beltre said, via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. “I was trying to protect it the whole time, because I knew it would take me a little longer. Tried not to run hard any play. … Disappointed, obviously, but nothing I can do now.

“I don’t think it ever happened to me like this, after I came back from an injury, to injure the same leg again. I don’t know if it was a re-injury or a new one. Obviously, I don’t think anybody wants to get hurt, especially when you want to be out there competing. I’m not happy about it, but I’ll deal with it.”

Beltre did not think he was rushed back from his previous injury.

“I don’t think that was the case, because like I said, this might be a different one,” Beltre said. “I didn’t feel any discomfort after I got back. I wouldn’t second-guess the timeframe that I came back in.”

Beltre’s hamstring failed him at the end of the 2017 season as well, making this his third hamstring injury in approximately eight months. He’s been effective when healthy this season to the tune of a .310 average, but the 39-year-old’s age might be catching up to him.

10 MLB veterans still making a huge impact

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Major League Baseball gets a lot of attention for its young stars. The likes of Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Manny Machado, and Carlos Correa are all under the age of 30 and look like they’ll be successful for years and years to come.

It may be a young man’s game, but there remains plenty of room for the old guard. There are a number of players who have been in the league for a decade or more and are well over the age of 30 who are still performing at a very high level. Here are 10 of those grizzled veterans who are making huge contributions in 2018.

1) Bartolo Colon, Rangers

There is no way a list like this could exist without the magic that is Big Sexy. Colon turns 45 later this month and it doesn’t seem to matter at all. Beloved by his teammates and fans as well, it’s not even really a joke — Colon is pitching really, really well. He has a 3.29 ERA, a WHIP of 0.83, and took a perfect game into the 8th in April against one of the best-hitting lineups in baseball in the Houston Astros. Oh, and he was born during the Nixon Administration. If that’s not getting it done at an advanced age, nothing is.

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Adrian Beltre has hamstring strain, may be out for season

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Whatever chance the Texas Rangers had of making up their wild card deficit took a big hit on Thursday night, and the news was no better on Friday.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre injured his hamstring chasing a ground ball in Thursday night’s game, and the injury may be severe enough to end his season.

A four week timeframe gives Beltre little time to get back on the field by the end of the season. By then, it will likely be too late anyway, as the Rangers sit four games out of the second wild card spot at 66-67 and will likely suffer without their unquestioned leader.

Beltre missed a good portion of the early part of the regular season with a calf issue. One has to wonder how much better the Rangers would be positioned if they’d had him healthy all season long.

Rangers giving away miniature on-deck circles in Adrian Beltre’s honor

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Somebody on the Texas Rangers’ promotions team definitely deserves a raise.

As part of their campaign to honor third baseman Adrian Beltre for joining the 3,000-hit club, the Rangers will be giving away 15,000 miniature on-deck circle mouse pads before a September 9 game against the New York Yankees, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

It’s a clever callback to perhaps the funniest incident of the MLB season in which the four-time All-Star Beltre was ejected from a July 26 game versus the Miami Marlins for physically dragging the on-deck circle.

We have seen some clever promos from the Rangers in the past, but this one absolutely has to be their magnum opus.

Adrian Beltre records hit No. 3,000 (Video)

Adrian Beltre added another milestone achievement to what will likely end up being a Hall of Fame career against the Orioles on Sunday.

The Rangers third baseman came into game sitting on 2,999 career hits after going 1-for-4 at the plate on Saturday. Beltre struck out in his first at-bat on Sunday. In the bottom of the fourth inning, he came to the plate with a runner on first base and this time he delivered. Beltre hit a double down the third base line for hit No. 3,000. Below is video of the moment.

Beltre became the 31st player in major league history to accomplish the feat. He has gone largely underrated throughout his career and many probably didn’t realize he was within striking range of 3,000 hits when the season began. However, Beltre has carved out a place for himself among the top ten third basemen of all-time after the likes of Mike Schmidt, Brooks Robinson, George Brett, Eddie Matthews, Chipper Jones, and Wade Boggs.

Adrian Beltre ejected for moving on-deck circle

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Stop me if you’ve ever seen this before: An MLB player was ejected from a game for physically moving the on-deck circle.

Adrian Beltre, who is making a run at 3,000 career hits, was tossed from Wednesday’s Rangers-Marlins game after literally moving the circle closer towards the plate where he wanted to stand while warming up for an at-bat.

Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider asked Beltre to get closer to the circle, which is how things were initiated. But umpire Gerry Davis was not feeling Beltre’s sense of humor in the situation.

Not only was Beltre tossed from the game, but his manager, Jeff Banister, also got the heave-ho.

Given that Texas was losing 18-6 at the time, you figure the umpires would have let it go, but they had other thoughts.

Report: Adrian Beltre not close to return to Rangers

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Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre does not sound close to a return to the field.

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News and T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Beltre is still not working out on the field and is not progressing in his recovery from a calf injury.

Beltre suffered the injury before the season and had a setback about two weeks ago. His continued slow recovery is bad news for the Rangers, who are off to a slower-than-expected start at 9-12.

Adrian Beltre reportedly suffers setback with calf injury

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The Texas Rangers will have to wait a little while longer for four-time All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre to make his season debut.

TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports on Tuesday that Beltre suffered a setback with his calf injury and that the Rangers are awaiting the results of an MRI.

The 38-year-old Beltre, who hit .300/.358/.521 with 32 home runs and 104 RBIs last season, strained the calf back in February but played for his native Dominican Republic in March’s World Baseball Classic. He also made a handful of appearances in Cactus League play, but the injury apparently flared up again, and Beltre began the season on the 10-day disabled list.

23-year-old Joey Gallo has been a decent fill-in for Beltre with two home runs and seven RBIs in the Rangers’ first six games. But given Beltre’s age and his recent injury history, it’s a concerning development for the 19-year veteran.