Beltre likes Rangers squad, wouldn't mind more

With free agents available, veteran likes idea of club signing another big bat

January 21st, 2017

DALLAS -- said he likes the team the Rangers have right now.

"I'm ready to go to war with this team," Beltre said at the Texas Rangers Awards Banquet on Friday night.

But Beltre also knows which free agents are still available. He didn't mention names, but former teammate Mike Napoli is at the top of Texas' list. Beltre made it clear he hopes the Rangers aren't done when it comes to putting their team together.

"No doubt, you never have enough bats," Beltre said. "Obviously we could use some help. We have the team that can go all the way, but the division is strong."

The Rangers' offense took some hits offensively this offseason with the departures of Mitch Moreland, and , although they re-signed . General manager Jon Daniels said Texas is still in contact with a couple of free agents who can fit the role of designated hitter/first base.

The Rangers have been talking to Napoli's agent almost the entire offseason, but have not been able to reach an agreement on length and value of contract.

"I'm not worried about our offense," Beltre said. "If I could put a dream team together, I would. But I know the situation. I know it's difficult putting a team together.

"I know our team is good, but we could use more. There are a couple of guys out there I'd like to wear the Rangers jersey. Hopefully we can sign one or two."

Rangers beat

• Beltre, who will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, is one of six Rangers committed to playing in the tournament. The others are (Netherlands), (Puerto Rico), (Venezuela), (USA) and Sam Dyson (USA).

(Dominican Republic), (Venezuela) and have yet to commit.

said he will not play for Japan. He was on the team that won the tournament in 2009, but the righty does not want to push it after undergoing Tommy John surgery two years ago. (Venezuela) and (South Korea) will not play as well.