Melvin Mora isn’t retired, but did turn down the Rangers

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Melvin Mora didn’t play after being released by the Diamondbacks in June and was said to be retiring in December, but then changed his mind a few weeks ago and is now looking for a new team at age 40.

However, he apparently wasn’t willing to play in Texas.

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News passes along an interview Mora did with the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal in which he talked about turning down an offer from the Rangers because he wants to play for a team closer to his home in Baltimore.

Considering spring training starts in less than two weeks and Mora is a 40-year-old who hit .228 with a .520 OPS before getting released last season he’s seemingly going against the whole beggars can’t be choosers thing. Texas apparently offered him a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, which is almost surely as good as he’ll do anywhere else.

Giants making Brandon Belt available

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Giants have made first baseman Brandon Belt available in a trade and says that several teams have expressed interest in him.

Which is kind of weird, really.

Belt turns 31 early next season. He hit .253/.342/.414 with 14 homers over 112 games last year due to a knee injury and time lost to an appendectomy. He has a history of concussions and has averaged only 115 games over the last five seasons. Oh, and makes $48 million over the next three years.

Yes, he could be a very useful player if healthy, but taking on that kind of money, even a part of that money, when many very affordable first base/DH options are out there on the market makes little sense to me. Matt Adams. Justin Bour. Lucas Duda. As good as Belt? No, I don’t think so. But way cheaper and requiring less of a commitment.

But hey, rumors are rumors. Let a thousand flowers bloom.