Rangers to retire Adrián Beltré’s No. 29 on June 8

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The Rangers have officially set a date to retire third baseman Adrián Beltré’s No. 29: June 8 at home against the Athletics. The ceremony will begin at 7:35 PM and the game will begin at 8:05 PM, per Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake.

Beltré, 39, announced his retirement in November. He made his major league debut at the age of 19 in 1998 with the Dodgers and played into his age-39 season. Across 21 seasons, he hit .286/.339/.480 with 477 home runs, 1,707 RBI, 1,524 runs scored, and 121 stolen bases. He won five Gold Gloves, two Platinum Gloves, and four Silver Sluggers while making the All-Star team four times. He twice finished in the top-three in MVP Award voting, finishing as the runner-up to Barry Bonds in 2004 and third behind Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout in 2012.

In a league that, until recently, sought to stamp out personality from its players, Beltré still somehow always looked like he was having the time of his life playing baseball. He always found a way to have fun, whether it was fooling around with former teammate Elvis Andrus or moving the on-deck circle. Major League Baseball will sorely miss Beltré, who should get into the Hall of Fame easily when he becomes first eligible on the 2024 ballot.

Report: Brandon Nimmo staying with Mets on 8-year, $162M deal

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NEW YORK – Center fielder Brandon Nimmo is staying with the free-spending New York Mets, agreeing to an eight-year, $162 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical and no announcement had been made.

A quality leadoff hitter with an excellent eye and a .385 career on-base percentage, Nimmo became a free agent last month for the first time. He was a key performer as the Mets returned to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2016.

The left-handed hitter batted .274 with 16 homers and a team-high 102 runs, a career high. He also set career bests with 64 RBIs and 151 games played. His seven triples tied for most in the National League.

Bringing back Nimmo means New York is poised to return its entire everyday lineup intact from a team that tied for fifth in the majors in runs and won 101 regular-season games – second-most in franchise history.

But the Mets remain busy replenishing a pitching staff gutted by free agency, including Jacob deGrom‘s departure for Texas and Taijuan Walker‘s deal with Philadelphia that was pending a physical.

On the final day of baseball’s winter meetings Wednesday, the Mets completed an $86.7 million, two-year contract with former Houston ace Justin Verlander that includes a conditional $35 million player option for 2025. New York also retained All-Star closer Edwin Diaz last month with a $102 million, five-year contract, and the team has a $26 million, two-year agreement in place with veteran starter Jose Quintana, pending a physical.

Those moves add to a payroll that was the largest in the majors last season. Under owner Steve Cohen, who bought the Mets in November 2020, New York became baseball’s biggest spender this year for the first time since 1989. The Mets’ payroll was $273.9 million as of Aug. 31, with final figures that include bonuses yet to be compiled.

Nimmo was selected by New York with the No. 13 pick in the 2011 amateur draft. He declined a $19.65 million qualifying offer from the Mets last month.

The 29-year-old Wyoming native made his big league debut in 2016. He is a .269 career hitter with 63 homers, 213 RBIs and 23 triples in 608 games. He has an .827 career OPS and has improved his play in center, becoming a solid defender.

Nimmo’s new deal with the Mets was first reported by the New York Post.