Rangers GM Jon Daniels told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan on Sunday that the club is considering exercising Adrian Beltre’s $16 million vesting option for 2016. Daniels has said he wants Beltre, who turns 36 years old in early April, to retire as a Ranger.
The option will vest if Beltre reaches 600 plate appearances in 2015, which should be easy to accomplish if he avoids the disabled list.
Might as well remove the uncertainty.
Beltre, a four-time Gold Glove winner at third base, has batted .315/.364/.530 in 589 games since signing with Texas in 2011. He has averaged 29 home runs and 94 RBI per season in a Rangers uniform.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Giants were “sniffing around” on Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco at the recently completed Winter Meetings.
Franco, 25, would be a nice buy-low candidate for the Giants, who don’t have a reliable third baseman yet. Currently, Pablo Sandoval would get the lion’s share of starts at the hot corner. Franco was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2014 and ’15 seasons, but hasn’t lived up to the hype over the last two seasons. In 2017, he hit .230/.281/.409 with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 623 plate appearances.
Moving Franco wouldn’t necessarily solve any problems for the Phillies. After signing first baseman Carlos Santana, Rhys Hoskins is expected to play in the outfield full-time. As a result, the Phillies have too many outfielders with Odubel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Technically, the Phillies could move Santana to third base as he has experience there, but he hasn’t played the hot corner since 2014.
Franco is arbitration eligible over the next four seasons, which might be the most attractive thing about him to other teams.