Rangers might exercise Adrian Beltre’s $16 million vesting option for the 2016 season

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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.

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.

Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.

Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.

The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.