The Adrian Beltre sweepstakes have now officially reached a conclusion. Earlier Tuesday evening, it was reported that Beltre had reached a contract agreement with the Rangers, and that the only remaining holdup was a physical exam. The assumption was that Beltre would fly into town Tuesday night for a Wednesday exam, but according to Jon Heyman, Beltre flew to Texas and immediately had his physical, and - unsurprisingly - he passed.
So that settles it. Adrian Beltre is officially a Texas Ranger, and the team has called a press conference for Wednesday to announce the deal. Terms of the contract are that it has a maximum value of $96 million over six years, but the sixth year can be voided by the Rangers if Beltre doesn't reach a certain level of plate appearances in 2014 and 2015, or just 2015.
By landing Beltre, the Rangers get an offensive and defensive upgrade while simultaneously dealing a blow to the rival Angels, who were considered by many the favorites to land the third baseman. The Angels will now have to pick from in-house candidates Maicer Izturis, Alberto Callaspo, and Brandon Wood to fill the position.