Beltre announced his retirement Tuesday. The Rangers were open to bringing Beltre back for less money and in a lesser role, but the 39-year-old third baseman opted to call it a career. He sails into the sunset with a .286/.339/.480 slash line, 477 home runs, 3,166 hits and 84 fWAR, which is significantly boosted by his legendary defense at the hot corner. There is a good chance he gets voted into the Hall of Fame five years from now.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said last week that he's been in touch with Beltre, but the third baseman has yet to decide if he wants to continue his playing career in 2019, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Beltre will be a free agent this winter with the Rangers unwilling to extend him a qualifying offer, but the organization remains open to bringing the 39-year-old back at the right price if he's interested. in returning to Texas. Injuries have hampered Beltre in both of the past two seasons, so expect him to handle a part-time role at third base and/or log more extensive time at designated hitter in 2019 if he elects to join an American League club this offseason.
Beltre (hip) returns to the lineup Friday against the Mariners, hitting fourth as the designated hitter. Beltre sat out Thursday's contest due to a lingering hip injury, but the issue was apparently a minor one as he missed just a single day. He's expected to play in each of the final three games of the season, games which could be the final ones of the 39-year-old's career.
Beltre was held out Thursday against Seattle due to a lingering hip injury, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Although the Rangers are well out of playoff contention, interim manager Don Wakamatsu said he's hoping Beltre will manage to play in the final three games of the regular season. Beltre will be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Beltre is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners. Beltre, who is hitting .276/.329/.671 with eight homers and 15 RBI through 21 games in September, will hit the bench for the second time in the last four games as the Rangers look to give him some extra rest down the stretch. Jurickson Profar is starting at the hot corner in this one, with Joey Gallo serving as the DH.
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