Lots of eyes are on Rays starter David Price tonight. Via Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
The Rays are a disappointing 29-45 this season, good for last place in the AL East. They’re 5.5 games out of fourth place and 12 games out of first. As Price is a free agent after the 2015 season following his fourth and final year of arbitration eligibility, the Rays are expected to shop their lefty leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.
Price, 28, has a 3.93 ERA with an eye-popping 121/10 K/BB ratio in 107 2/3 innings this season. He recorded the 1,000th strikeout of his career when he got Chris Carter looking in the second inning.
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.