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September 13, 2008 at 5:01 PM

Candid talk from Beltre on Mariners’ future

A few reporters were talking to Adrian Beltre today about his impending thumb and shoulder surgery — he’ll have them both on Thursday — and I asked him if he expected to be back with Seattle next year. Obviously, Beltre is a trade candidate, considering he’ll be entering the final year of his contract. He’s well aware of that fact.
“I don’t know; that’s a good question,” he said. “I have no control over that.”
Does he want to be back?
“Of course, I want to be back. But I don’t think the team knows exactly which way they’re going to go yet. We as players don’t know which way the team is going to go, whether they’re going to have a competitive team, or go young, or rebuild. There’s a lot to see what’s going to happen next year.,”
I asked him if he could see better times ahead for the Mariners.
“It depends,” he replied. “I want to win. That’s the bottom line. If this team is going to go young and really try to rebuild it, I don’t want to really be in the situation where I know we’re going to lose coming to spring training. I hope that’s not the case, because if it is, it’s not going to be fun.”
Sounds to me like a guy that’s not wild about going through the growing pains of the rebuilding project that Mariners’ management has indicated lies ahead. Let’s face it — the Mariners have finished in last place in three of his four years here. He’s getting impatient for success. I’ve said all along that Beltre is their No. 1 trade chip. It would not surprise me at all if Beltre is somewhere else next season, although the surgery might make him harder to deal until he shows in spring training he’s healthy.

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