Rangers GM Jon Daniels told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan on Sunday that the club is considering exercising Adrian Beltre’s $16 million vesting option for 2016. Daniels has said he wants Beltre, who turns 36 years old in early April, to retire as a Ranger.
The option will vest if Beltre reaches 600 plate appearances in 2015, which should be easy to accomplish if he avoids the disabled list.
Might as well remove the uncertainty.
Beltre, a four-time Gold Glove winner at third base, has batted .315/.364/.530 in 589 games since signing with Texas in 2011. He has averaged 29 home runs and 94 RBI per season in a Rangers uniform.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.