Los Angeles Angels Need Adrian Beltre More Than They Need Carl Crawford

Eric DentonContributor IDecember 6, 2010

Adrian Beltre with Boston Red Sox
Adrian Beltre with Boston Red SoxOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

The dominoes are starting to fall. Jayson Werth has signed a surprisingly large contract with the Washington Nationals (seven years, $126 million) leaving outfielder Carl Crawford as the number one prize on the free agent market. Crawford and his agent were already looking for a contract in the $100 million dollar range, but if Werth going to average $18 million a season what can Crawford now command?

While the Angels certainly do need to get younger and more athletic in the outfield I believe their more pressing need is fortifying the infield. It's no secret third base was an offensive black hole for the 2010 Angels. With the free agent loss of Chone Figgins and the development failure of Brandon Wood the Halos were forced to go without a regular starter most of the season.

This is why the Angels must put Adrian Beltre at the top of their free agent shopping list.

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