Adrian Beltre is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series, but it doesn’t sound like the future Hall of Famer will catch even a whiff of the open market.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi spoke Tuesday to Beltre’s agent, the always-insightful Scott Boras …
“I think Adrian already had a discussion with them, in which he expressed a desire to stay,” Boras told FOX Sports in a telephone interview. “They want him there, and we’re going to work on that.”
When asked whether a deal is possible before Opening Day, Boras replied, “I’d say there are certainly grounds for a discussion of advancing Adrian’s contract, yes.”
Beltre, 37 in April, will probably be looking for a three- or four-year deal worth a little over $20 million per year. He’s wrapping a team-friendly six-year, $96 million agreement with Texas — due an $18 million final-year salary in 2016.
The four-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and four-time Gold Glover batted .287/.334/.453 with 18 home runs and 83 RBI in 143 games last season for the AL West-champion Rangers while playing another round of stellar defense at third base.
It was an unfortunate night on the base paths for future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre in the A’s-Rangers game. First because of, you guessed it, The Man, and second because of the Fates and maybe Father Time.
As far as The Man goes, someplace in the rule book it says that, after a foul ball, the ball is dead until pitcher has the new ball and is ready to pitch. Beltre was counting on people either not knowing that rule or acknowledging that it’s a lame rule which kills the chances for fun. He was standing on first base when Jurickson Profar fouled one off. After the ump handed Jonathan Lucroy a new ball, Lucroy tossed it back wildly to the pitcher and . . . Beltre just took the hell off, ending up on third.
It’s the third highlight in this three-part highlight reel:
Here it is in GIF form:
I think he should’ve been award third base on chutzpah alone, but no one asks me about such things.
Less fun was when Beltre singled in the bottom of the eighth. It would’ve been a double — he hit a line drive to right-center that one-hopped the wall — but he just barely got to first, having strained his left hamstring running down the line, forcing him out of the game.
Beltre will be evaluated today, but this will almost certainly mean a trip to the DL for the 39-year-old. He’s the third Opening Day infielder the Rangers have lost to injury so far on the young season.