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All-Star Third Baseman Adrian Beltre Announces Retirement

Texas Rangers third baseman and perennial All-Star Adrian Beltre has announced his retirement, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

The 39-year-old Beltre retires with 477 home runs, 3,166 hits and 1,707 RBI - along with a career batting average of .286. Beltre was a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glover, having won four Silver Slugger Awards throughout his illustrious career.

Beltre joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 as a 19-year-old, and quickly emerged as one of the game's brightest stars. After seven seasons on the west coast, Beltre signed a five-year, $64 million contract with the Seattle Mariners - where he compiled 103 home runs, 396 RBI and a .266 batting average.

The future Hall of Famer then joined the Boston Red Sox for one year in 2010, before signing a five-year, $80 million contract with the Texas Rangers. Beltre became the final piece of a long-struggling Texas team, helping this group finally grow into a championship contender.

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Beltre led the Rangers to consecutive AL pennants in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but they fell to the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in those two series, respectively. Beltre also helped them reach the 2012 AL Wild Card Game, and guided Texas to AL West division titles in 2015 and '16.

In his final season, Beltre batted .273 with 15 home runs, 65 RBI and a OPS of .763.

What This Means

With Beltre retired, it takes one premier free agent off the market, and the Rangers will now have to work quickly to replace him. Of course, there's obviously no replacing the leadership and strong personality Beltre brought every night.

Beltre is as big of a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame as there possibly could be. He was one of baseball's top hitters and defensive third basemen for two full decades, and he did it all cleanly.

Expect Beltre to be inducted in his first year of eligibility.

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