Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Adrian Beltre was nearing an agreement with the Texas Rangers. Now, according to several reports, the contract is all but official.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson says that Beltre is expected to fly into the area Tuesday night for a physical, after which everything should be peaches. The physical exam is always the last big step of any contract agreement, and in Beltre's case, there's no reason to believe that anything will go wrong.
Beltre's contract with the Rangers will be worth a maximum of $96 million over six years. However, it's actually a five-year contract with a sixth year that the Rangers may choose to void in the event that Beltre doesn't reach a certain number of plate appearances, so that makes the magnitude a little easier to swallow.
Beltre received offers from the Rangers, Angels, and A's over the course of the offseason, but Texas offered the most, which is the biggest reason why we are where we are. Beltre will take over at the hot corner for the foreseeable future, while Michael Young is expected to shift to DH, while picking up the occasional spot start around the infield.
Check out more on the story over at Lone Star Ball, where Rangers fans are celebrating a pretty substantial improvement.