UPDATE: The Angels pull their offer to Adrian Beltre, but leave the door open.

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UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre off the table.  They haven’t, however, closed the door completely on him, contrary to those earlier reports discussed below.

It sounds to me that they simply don’t want to be used by Scott Boras and have their offer shopped to a bunch of other teams.  By making this public, anyone else interested know that Beltre does not have an outstanding offer.

1:57 PM: We’ve heard a few relatively weak rumors regarding Adrian Beltre in the past 24 hours or so.  It’s been suggested that he’s shopping a five-year, $70 million offer from the Angels to other teams in the hope that someone tops it.  It’s also been suggested that the Angels have “closed the door” on Beltre and are thinking of pulling the offer.  Neither of those reports have a ton of weight behind them. People are just chattering to fill the vacuum, I think.

The latest: Victor Rojas hears that the stumbling block between Beltre and the Angels is a guaranteed sixth year.

Man, I’m not sure I’d want to go six years on Beltre. Or anyone, really. Although, yeah, that seems to be in fashion this month.

The bigger question, however, is what the heck the Angels do for offense if they don’t get Beltre?

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.

Braves release James Loney

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Just a few days after inking him to a minor league deal, the Braves have released first baseman James Loney, the team announced on Monday. Loney became expendable when the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the Cardinals on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Freddie Freeman.

Loney, 33, appeared in two games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He had one hit, a single, and one walk in eight plate appearances.

Loney will likely have to wait for another team to deal with an injured first baseman or DH before he can secure another contract.