Scott Servais is the “strong frontrunner” to be Mariners’ new manager

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Angels assistant general manager Scott Servais could be on the verge of becoming the Mariners’ new manager, according to multiple reports.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com calls Servais the “strong frontrunner” for the job and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com writes that there’s a “strong chance” Servais will be joining the Mariners, “probably as manager.”

The move makes sense, as new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto was previously the Angels’ general manager and Servais was his assistant. Dipoto left the Angels after losing a power struggle with longtime manager Mike Scioscia and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Servais “has butted heads with Scioscia in the past.”

In other words, Servais was on Dipoto’s side of the Angels power struggle and would now be leaving to rejoin Dipoto in Seattle, this time as manager. Prior to joining the Angels he was the Rangers’ senior director of player development and Servais also played 11 seasons in the majors as a light-hitting catcher.

Lloyd McClendon was fired as Mariners manager shortly after the front office regime change. Seattle finished the season with a 76-86 record.

Rangers don’t plan to make qualifying offer to Adrián Beltré

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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.