In defense of Theo

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The knives that have been out for Theo Epstein and Terry Francona over the past few days has been great fun.  Only problem is that it obscures the fact that, hey, those guys did more for Red Sox baseball in the past few years than anyone else had for the previous 80+.

The response to that has been “anyone coulda done it!”  Bah.  As Andrew Mooney of the Globe notes in his “In defense of Theo” story today, even if you’re a hardliner and believe that Epstein benefited from Dan Duquette’s work in winning that 2004 title, the 2007 title was authored by him and the people who worked under him.

I can’t help but think that everyone in Boston is gonna wake up one day and realize that they’ve let their manager and GM go a bit too easily.

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.