Diamondbacks void contract of Socrates Brito after PED suspension

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Two months ago the Diamondbacks signed awesome-named Dominican outfielder Socrates Brito for $190,000, but the contract has been voided after the 17-year-old received a 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Brito “tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.” Brito is now a free agent, but assistant general manager Peter Woolfolk indicated that the Diamondbacks “will attempt to renegotiate new contract terms.”
When they signed Brito for $190,000 back in February the Diamondbacks compared him to Bernie Williams and projected that he was talented enough to be picked in the first three rounds had he been eligible for the draft. So now they’ll just get him for a bit cheaper and his American debut will have to wait an extra 50 games.

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.