How Adrian Beltre fits in Texas

Updated: January 3, 2011, 9:31 AM ET
By Buster Olney

After the Yankees finished third in the Cliff Lee bidding, their response has been to wait -- to be patient, to rely on the group of stars already in place and bide their time for the next big deal. Nobody could have fit the Yankees more perfectly in the way that Lee could have.

And along the same lines, Lee was the perfectly shaped piece for the Rangers, too, who have a relatively young rotation. But unlike the Yankees, Texas is once again looking to be aggressive in the aftermath of the Lee decision. Our Enrique Rojas is reporting that Texas and Beltre are deep into discussions about a long-term contract, an idea that the Rangers began tinkering with during the winter meetings, when they kicked around the notion of signing Beltre and perhaps trading veteran Michael Young.