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.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.