Engel Beltre knows what he might be facing at the end of spring camp — life with another organization.
The outfielder can’t be optioned to the minor leagues this season without first having to clear waivers, so if he doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, he will be exposed to the other 29 teams.
The Rangers could deal him, though there have been no serious trade talks at this point in the spring. He could also sneak through waivers and be outrighted to Triple A Round Rock.
His agent, Scott Boras, has told him of all the possibilities. The Rangers went through the same thing last year with another Boras client, Julio Borbon, and he was lost to the Chicago Cubs on an early-season waiver claim.
Beltre isn’t sweating anything out yet.
“The future is that this is the beginning of my big-league career,” said Beltre, who played for the Dominican Winter League champions, Licey, in the off-season. “I’m just trying to take this opportunity and do my job.”
Beltre is a defensive whiz at all three outfield spots, a left-handed hitter and a speedster. But he’s also competing with the promising Michael Choice to be the Rangers’ fourth outfielder.
“Engel probably doesn’t fit the roster perfectly,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “But there’s certainly a feel to preserve our depth and to hold onto him as long as we can and see what happens.”
Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo will be recognized tonight as the Cincinnati Reds’ 2013 Player of the Year before the Rangers play at Goodyear. Choo batted .285 with 21 homers and a .423 on-base percentage in his only season with the Reds.
Left-hander Matt Harrison will throw live batting practice today and is expected to pitch two innings Monday either in a minor-league game or against Kansas City.
Right-hander Justin Germano has left camp, with the club’s permission, to attend to a personal matter. He pitched three scoreless innings Tuesday in a B game against the Royals.