Roundup: Beltre starts new year’s Hot Stove

2011 is here and that means the free agent market will kick into high gear one last time heading into the final weeks before Spring Training. And if Sunday’s developments in the market of free agent Adrian Beltre are any indication, there is still plenty of sizzle left in the Hot Stove.
While the Rangers are still talking to Beltre, reports out of the Dominican Republic that the two sides had reached a deal are premature, FoxSports.com reported on Sunday.
A Dominican Web site, PioDeportes.com, reported Sunday that the free agent agreed to a six-year, $96 million deal with Texas.
The Rangers’ interest in Beltre isn’t new, but adding him could mean changing the role of third baseman Michael Young.
The Angels had been seen as the front-runner to add Beltre after reports emerged last week that Oakland had pulled out of the race. The Halos reportedly made an offer to Beltre in the neighborhood of five-years, $70 million.
Here’s a look at Sunday’s other news from around the league:
  • The Phillies haven’t started negotiating a multiyear deal with 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Hamels’ current contract will expire after next season but he won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2012 season.
  • After the Orioles added Derrek Lee, it became unlikely that they’d add another full time designated hitter, MASN.com reported on Sunday. With Lee and Luke Scott on the roster, there doesn’t seem to be a possible fit for a player like Vladimir Guerrero or Jim Thome.
  • The White Sox may be interested in adding Rafael Soriano to the back end of their bullpen, but a big offseason has likely left them without enough cash to add the right-hander, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported on Twitter late Saturday night. 
– Bailey Stephens

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