FanPost

Adrian Beltre/upgrading the defense

I'm curious what the Bucsdugout crowd thinks about Adrian Beltre as a FA target? 

 

I've been thinking about him as a target for a few weeks, thinking that the best (quick and dirty) way to to add some respectability to next years team would be to shore up the defense in a big way, especially since what starting pitching talent we have is of the pitch-to contact variety.  One scenario I came up with is this:

Move Alvarez to 1B, sign J.J. Hardy to play SS, Beltre to play 3B and hope that Walker's D improves.  Obviously we're not calling this a playoff roster, but it seems like a decent bridge roster to bring back a little respectability while we wait for more major talent to arrive.

Then I saw that Beltre had a majorly good season with the bat this year (I've been a little out of touch), and put up over 7 WAR (fangraphs).  OTOH, I saw this article about Beltre's value, suggesting it might not be especially high.  So could the pirates be a player for Beltre?  Would he and Hardy make a big impact on the D in this scenario, or are there other players who would fit this idea better?  Discuss.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Join Bucs Dugout

You must be a member of Bucs Dugout to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bucs Dugout. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker