Adrian Beltre is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series, but it doesn’t sound like the future Hall of Famer will catch even a whiff of the open market.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi spoke Tuesday to Beltre’s agent, the always-insightful Scott Boras …
“I think Adrian already had a discussion with them, in which he expressed a desire to stay,” Boras told FOX Sports in a telephone interview. “They want him there, and we’re going to work on that.”
When asked whether a deal is possible before Opening Day, Boras replied, “I’d say there are certainly grounds for a discussion of advancing Adrian’s contract, yes.”
Beltre, 37 in April, will probably be looking for a three- or four-year deal worth a little over $20 million per year. He’s wrapping a team-friendly six-year, $96 million agreement with Texas — due an $18 million final-year salary in 2016.
The four-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and four-time Gold Glover batted .287/.334/.453 with 18 home runs and 83 RBI in 143 games last season for the AL West-champion Rangers while playing another round of stellar defense at third base.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.
Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”
Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.