Here's a thought, the Rangers would probably love to get some of the Sox young prospects, but would the Sox want Beltre back to play 3B.
First, let's acknowledge that Beltre will be 36 years-old next Spring. However, is it unreasonable to expect similar production from Beltre in 2015 to that which he's done this year for the Rangers, 17 homers and 69 RBI at this point in the year, and is currently third in the AL with a .323 batting average and seventh with an .874 OPS.
And here's what reportedly his contract calls for: 2015: $18 million, 2016: $16 million vesting option.
Imagine for the moment what his presence in the lineup would mean.
Betts CF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz DH, Cespedes LF, Napoli 1B, Beltre 3B, Bogearts SS, Castillo RF, Vazquez C.
This in my mind would be a daunting lineup.
The interesting two questions, are Rangers ready to get out from under this contract, and would the Sox be willing to 'pony' up.
Awright guys and gals, fire away.