Remember how Hanley Ramirez was all bent out of shape by the Marlins signing Jose Reyes and talking about moving him to third base? Well, he — or his agent and/or P.R. team — has had a change of heart:
“I have spoken with (manager Ozzie) Guillén and what we want is to win with the Marlins,” Ramirez told the Associated Press. “When January arrives, we will see what will happen to change position and others. If it’s third, well, where I get to win, I will do it”
That’s good to hear. Can’t wait for his Michael Young-style MVP campaign to get started. Or do you have to ask to be traded before you accept the position change to be considered a team leader?
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.