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Adrian Beltre retires

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Legendary third baseman and future Hall of Famer Adrian Beltre announced his retirement this morning.

The announcement, which was not entirely unexpected, came via an official statement through the Texas Rangers. Beltre said, “After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love.”

The game loved him back, as did fans and teammates at every stop he made throughout his 21-year career.

Beltre broke in with the Dodgers as a teenager in 1998 and played in Los Angeles for seven seasons. From there he moved on to Seattle for a five-season stint in 2005, spent a year with the Red Sox in 2010 and then spent the final eight years of his career with the Rangers. Along the way he was a four-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner. He put up a career line of .286/.339/.480, slugged 477 homers and collected 3,166 hits. The numbers aside, he was considered a team leader for most of his career and it’s hard to find a more respected figure around the game.

Beltre’s future in the game will be an interesting one. If he chooses to coach or manage, he should have many opportunities to do so. No matter what he does, we know that a little over five years from now he’ll almost certainly be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Brewers, Jimmy Nelson avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.7 million contract

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.

Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.