Carlos Beltran sits for the second straight day with a sore knee

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Carlos Beltran sat out of the Mets game yesterday due to soreness in his knee and is out once again today, presumably for the same reason.

Beltran has yet to play his new position — right field — and the plan has been for him to DH for a week or so before tacking the outfield.  This knee soreness — even if Beltran describes it as sore “in a good way” — is pushing that plan back a bit.  And frankly, it has to be a bit worrisome if general workouts and a day at DH are keeping him on the pine.

Rangers sign Chris Martin to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Texas Rangers have signed free agent righty Chris Martin to two-year, $4 million deal.

Martin pitched for the Nippon Ham Fighters for the past two seasons, posting 1.12 ERA in 88 relief innings with excellent strikeout and walk rates. Martin pitched 40 games in the bigs, appearing with the Rockies in 2014 and the Yankees in 2015 with some pretty underwhelming results.

He’s tall — 6’8″ — and tall guys sometimes take a long time to put it all together. Maybe he finally put it all together. The Rangers obviously think he has.