Jon Daniels: We're Going To Have To Be Convinced To Trade Beltre

Josh Clark
July 03, 2018 - 10:11 am
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - With the MLB Trade Deadline less than a month away, it appears that Adrian Beltre may not be on the move after all. 

In his weekly interview with The Ben and Skin Show on Monday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was asked about a story written by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News in which Beltre told him he would only want to play in Texas if he came back in 2019. 

Ben Rogers: "An interesting article came out from Evan Grant over the weekend ... It had some quotes in there from Adrian Beltre and I'll paraphrase ... Adrian Beltre seems to be saying he's okay with being traded at this year's deadline, but if he plays next year, there's only one place he wants to play, and that's with the Texas Rangers. What did you make of those comments?" 

Daniels: "They are consistent with what our conversations have been. I don't know that the first part where you said, I don't know that he's saying he's okay to be traded. I don't think he's made his mind up there. Nor have we, quite frankly. 

We're going to have to be convinced to consider to trade him for a million reasons, not the least of which is he's still very productive and a tremendous example for what we want to be about. 

The relationship on both sides has been excellent from day one. The trust and appreciation from both sides has grown over the years. And, obviously, he's won a lot here. Unfortunately, we haven't quite gotten over the top yet, but I think the experience has been so positive for him. He loves his teammates. I know he doesn't want to walk out on them, doesn't want to walk out on the fans. For him to say he wants to finish his career here is a pretty big honor for us." 

Despite the fact that both sides are seemingly reluctant to part ways before the July 31 deadline, there are other factors that may keep Beltre in Texas no matter what their feelings are.

The 39-year-old has had a difficult time staying healthy this season. He's been forced to hit the disabled list twice with hamstring issues, which likely limits his options to an American League team where he can DH and play occasionally at third.  

Another thing working against a possible trade involving Beltre is the talent that's expected to be available at the deadline. Baltimore Orioles shortstop/third baseman Manny Machado, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson are all in their prime and are more appealing to teams looking to upgrade their rosters.