Re: dream rh bat next year...
It's hard to put his L/R splits, especially those for only a season or two, into context though. You can't say his ability to hit righties is declining because he put up worse numbers this year. Maybe he faced more righties at home or much tougher righties compared to lefties. All of the better pitchers in the other 3 AL West teams are right handed. The fact that he only had 11 PA's against Lee, Lester, Kazmir and CC this year (3 for 11, 3 singles) is more of a reason why the splits are large this season rather than talent. Stretching it over his career or over 5 years he has shown the ability to hit both righties and lefties, I don't see that suddenly changing.
And besides, he's a right handed hitter, he should hit lefties better. Say CC goes to the Dodgers next season. If we want to compete the odds are in the first round of the playoffs we're playing the Mets, Phillies, Dodgers or maybe the D-backs. 3 of those would have IMO, with no offense to Cliff Lee, the 3 most feared lefties in the majors. You want to face Hamels/Santana/CC in a short series relying on Bruce,Votto and EE?
So we want to compete next season... this topic is dream RH bat and while Pujols would be nice, I'm thinking of rh bats we could acquire to help us. We're trying to catch some lightning here while not giving away anything in our core. Beltre has shown the ability to hit very well away from Safeco, he's been a consistently good gloveman at third, and again he might be one of those guys who goes nuts in contract years.
So again I ask who's a better option? Would you rather stand pat and do nothing, or try to give up minimal assets to improve your team for next season. Instead of saying why Beltre wouldn't help, let us know what would help more than Beltre..