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This Day in LSB History

One year ago today, Adrian Beltre declined the player option on his contract with the Boston Red Sox, becoming a free agent.

I looked at the pluses and minuses with Beltre, and wrote that I thought the Rangers would have some interest in them, but concluded:

It may be that someone is willing to give Beltre ridiculous money, something like 6 years at $90 million, and the Rangers won't have to worry about making a decision on him.

So, yeah...the Rangers gave him a 6 year, $96 million deal (although the sixth year is voidable if Beltre doesn't hit certain plate appearance totals). Whiff there for me.

But there's a lot of interesting discussion at the time (400+ comments) about whether Beltre would be an appropriate target for the Rangers...