Johan Santana is staying in the Mets’ rotation despite getting knocked around for six or more runs in each of his last five starts, but manager Terry Collins will have him on a strict pitch count.
Collins declined to reveal the exact number, but told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Santana will be allowed to throw fewer than 100 pitches when he takes his normal turn in the rotation Thursday versus the Rockies, in New York.
Santana hasn’t topped 95 pitches in a start since June anyway, so obviously that’s not the issue in terms of his performance, but the Mets are also focused on keeping his workload in check. Collins indicated that shutting Santana down in September remains an option.
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.