MLB trade rumors: Even at 39, Adrian Beltre draws contenders' interest

By Bob Hille 22 June 2018 73
MLB trade rumors: Even at 39, Adrian Beltre draws contenders' interest

Even at 39, Adrian Beltre has caught the eyes of contenders needing help at third base, according to MLB.com.

Per MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi:

"He's batting .302 and is revered for his clubhouse influence. At least some within the Indians organization would like to acquire Beltre, particularly given his history playing for Cleveland manager Terry Francona during his one season in Boston.

"The Phillies also have interest in Beltre, sources say, as much for his professionalism as his production. The Phils have the youngest group of position players in the Majors, and team officials see long-term value in Beltre's influence on an emerging core. Plus, the recent injury to J.P. Crawford has opened up more at-bats on the infield."

From his perspective, Beltre, who is in the final year of his contract with the struggling Rangers, has yet to win a championship in a Hall of Fame career, so he might be willing to waive his full no-trade clause to at least get a (last?) shot at the postseason.

There is an injury history suitors must consider. Beltre played in only 94 games last season and has missed 31 of 76 Rangers games this season.

He's among a handful of options teams looking at third base can consider, each with varying risks: Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Mike Moustakas and Matt Duffy.

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