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PLEASE NO

Beltre isn't lasting much longer and Andrus will be gone soon if we can believe some rumors out there. DON'T TRADE OLT UNLESS YOU CAN GET GIANCARLO.

Oh god Olt for a Joba and garbage (actually don't know about the two guys you mentioned there). lololno

Plus Olt might see playing time this season at 1B if Moreland is awful.


Oh yeah @ Notorious: Jon Lester has looked really sharp so far by all reports. It's Spring Training though so take it with a grain of salt. Still, that's good news. Bosox will have to have a bounce back from him if they hope to do anything this season.

On the other hand Papi isn't feeling so good. He's most likely starting the season on the DL.

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PLEASE NO

Beltre isn't lasting much longer and Andrus will be gone soon if we can believe some rumors out there. DON'T TRADE OLT UNLESS YOU CAN GET GIANCARLO.

Oh god Olt for a Joba and garbage (actually don't know about the two guys you mentioned there). lololno

Plus Olt might see playing time this season at 1B if Moreland is awful.
I was thinking along these lines, too... 1B isn't exactly a mortal lock for the Rangers, the way I see it... Although the way Ron Washington manages, Moreland is probably the everyday 1B no matter what, not to mention Kinsler will be leading off every day even if his OBP. hovers at .300 or drops beneath that mark.

But Beltre is signed on through 2015 and there's a vesting option for 2016. And he's such a magnificent third baseman, any club would be insane if they tried to move him to some other spot on the field. That's either three or four more seasons of him in your hot corner.

There's been a lot of talk of playing Olt in the outfield. Nelson Cruz is a dog, defensively, in RF... Maybe you try to have Olt play there...? He's a free agent at the end of this season, and if I'm Texas he's a guy I definitely let walk considering his age/trends/red flags he carries with him.

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Oh there's no question if Belte keeps up this level of play at 3B he stays there. He's the best defensive 3B in the league. He makes really hard plays look so easy and effortless, but that's what the great ones do. I just don't know if he can since he's over 30 now (34 in April). It's been done before though so I hope he can play out the contract. I'm a huge Beltre fan.

If Olt can hit, they'll find a place for him. Cruz is actually pretty good when the ball is in front of him, but he struggles with balls hit over his head.

On a somewhat related note, I want to see Leonys Martin in CF this season. Might have a Victorino type player in him.

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Yeah, I think even if Beltre begins to decline defensively at 3B, you just have to leave him there, at least until he starts to physically fall apart. He makes that position into an artform, like Teixeira has in the past at 1B.

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Physically falling apart is my concern. If you have Olt waiting to step in though, it's not catastrophic, assuming Olt develops with the bat like he's supposed to.

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I don't see what is so great about Olt. Overhyped, in my opinion. And yeah, Lester is not the only one looking sharp out of the Boston camp. Remember Daniel Bard from two years ago? He's back and shutting people down.


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He's a power bat at 3B that would be in one of the best hitter's parks. That's it. He won't be able to replace Beltre by a long shot.

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Is that what everyone is enamored with (Olt's power)? From what I saw last year, Olt struggled to make contact. Small sample size as well as sporadic playing time probably contributed to it, but I wasn't too impressed. Olt's getting up there in age, too, so Texas better decide on what to do with him. 24, 25, 26 is too old of an age to just continue dicking one of your "elite" prospects around.


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Well yeah he's not Trout or Harper.

He's probably always going to have a high K rate and won't hit for a very good average. But he's got good power and needs to work on plate discipline. He did have a high OBP in the minors, so he will work the count. He's still never played AAA. We'll see what he can do there and go from there.

He's 24. He's still got time.

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It's not really a big deal that he's never been in AAA. That's where all the retreads are. AA is where you *mostly* see the stars of tomorrow.



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