Every year at the Major League Baseball winter meetings, Commissioner Bud Selig addresses the assembled cash providers and architects of the 30 teams and proceeds to roast one.
He basically chooses the worst deal of the offseason, and in 2011 he believed that to be the Texas Rangers' signing of Adrian Beltre for five years and 80 million.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was not in the room when this went down; team president Nolan Ryan told him later, in passing, with a bemused chuckle. The translation for you non-Texans: We either stepped in it, JD, or we are going to show them yankees (or Yankees).
They showed them all right. Or better yet, Beltre has.
He has been phenomenal in the two years since signing with Texas, a reliably destructive bat and even more lethal at third base. How good has Beltre been? So much so there is an argument to be made for him as the American League Most Valuable Player.
This is not one of those "Beltre is the MVP and anybody who does not think...