Red Sox lose scouting director McLeod to Padres

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Former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer has recruited BoSox scouting director Jason McLeod to follow him to San Diego, it was confirmed by the North County Times on Wednesday.
McLeod used to work for the Padres, so it was a natural fit, at least now that owner John Moores is on the way out. McLeod is the ex-husband of Moores’ daughter, Jennifer. He’ll be named an assistant GM, and he’s expected to take over duties that had belonged to the recently dismissed Grady Fuson.
It’s a big loss for the Red Sox. McLeod was a leading figure in the drafts that produced Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz. Boston, though, could have been hit harder. Hoyer was turned down last month when he attempted to bring in Red Sox director of player development Mike Hazen.

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels said he doesn’t expect the club to make a $17.9 million qualifying offer to free agent third baseman Adrián Beltré, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. Daniels has been in touch with the 39-year-old, who may retire.

Beltré battled hip and hamstring issues throughout the past season, limiting him to 119 games. He hit .273/.328/.434 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI in 481 plate appearances. Going by adjusted OPS, his mark of 98 — 100 is average — was his lowest in a season since 2009 with the Mariners. Beltré’s career average is 116 and he put up a 132 in 2017 and 128 in ’16.

Beltré appears to have some stuff left in the tank. He may not be an All-Star-caliber player anymore, but he can still hit at an average level and he is still an above-average defender. It’s just a matter of his body holding up to allow him to do what he needs to do. If Beltré does decide to re-up with the Rangers for 2019, the club will be prepared to move Isiah Kiner-Falefa or Jurickson Profar over to the hot corner as they did in 2018 in the event Beltré gets bitten by the injury bug.