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Texas Rangers rumors: Adrian Beltre contract extension in the works?

Jon Daniels says the Texas Rangers want to extend the contract of third baseman Adrian Beltre

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Texas Rangers rumors:  Adrian Beltre could retire a Ranger, if Jon Daniels has his way.  Daniels, talking to the press today at the winter meetings, indicated that the Rangers want to work with Adrian Beltre on a contract extension.

Beltre is in the final year of a 6 year, $96 million contract that he signed with the Rangers prior to the 2011 season.  Beltre, who turns 37 in April, has continued to be one of the very good major league third basemen over the course of his deal with the Rangers, and is considered one of the team's leaders.  If Beltre stays healthy, he seems like to pick up his 3000th major league hit in the 2017 season, and it sounds like the Rangers want that to happen in a Texas uniform.

This isn't all that surprising...the sixth year of Beltre's contract, for the 2016 season, was technically a vesting option, but the Rangers picked it up in the spring of 2015, saying at the time they wanted to eliminate any discussion of the possibility Beltre wouldn't be back.  Normally one would say that a player entering his age 37 season isn't someone you'd want to extend, but given the importance of Beltre to the organization, and his continuing high level of performance, Beltre is someone you'd seem to want to make an exception for.

I have no idea what sort of deal he'd be seeking -- Beltre will make $18 million in 2016 -- but a 2 year, $40 million extension wouldn't seem to be out of the question.