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Rangers to pick up Martin Perez’s 2018 option

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Martin Perez says he was informed by the Rangers that his 2018 option will be exercised, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports. The option is worth $6 million and had a $2.45 million buyout.

Perez, 26, is completing his sixth season in the majors. Across 31 starts, he has a 4.83 ERA with a 113/61 K/BB ratio over 179 innings. The former top prospect has not quite lived up to expectations but has at least been able to have two full, healthy seasons in 2016-17.

Perez inked a four-year, $12.5 million contract extension with the Rangers in November 2013. The deal included three option years for 2018-20. His 2019 option is worth $7.5 million with a $750,000 buyout and his 2020 option is worth $9 million with a $250,000 buyout.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.