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Source: 'No momentum' on Adrian Beltre trade between Red Sox, Rangers

John Tomase
July 30, 2018 - 8:42 pm
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Adrian Beltre has been the one that got away for the last 10 years. Might he finally be coming back to Boston? A source tells WEEI.com's Rob Bradford that a reunion appears unlikely.

According to a report from NBC Sports Boston, the Red Sox have discussed a deal with the Rangers to acquire the future Hall of Famer as infield depth. He'd also provide leadership and some thump against left-handed pitching.

Per Bradford's source, however, a trade does not appear likely.

The 39-year-old is hitting .292 with five homers and a .747 OPS. A five-time Gold Glover and four-time Silver Slugger winner, Beltre recorded his 3,000th hit last season. A 21-year veteran, Beltre re-established himself as an offensive force during the 2010 season in Boston after five seasons doing battle in cavernous Safeco Field with the Mariners.

He hit .321 with 28 homers, 102 RBIs, and a league-leading 49 doubles. The Red Sox moved on that offseason when they acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in an ill-fated trade with the Padres.

All Beltre has done in eight years with the Rangers is blast 189 home runs with an .869 OPS.

He remains dangersous vs. left-handed pitching (.343 average, .807 OPS), and could mentor young third baseman Rafael Devers, who's on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, but is expected to return when his DL stint expires. Beltre would also provide options at designated hitter on days when the Red Sox might want to sit either Mitch Moreland or Jackie Bradley vs. left-handed pitching.

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