Well, that didn’t take long.
A day after saying that the Texas Rangers could possibly pick up the 2016 option on Adrian Beltre’s contract, general manager Jon Daniels announced on Monday that the club has picked up the option.
The Rangers had broached the subject with Beltre and agent Scott Boras within the past two weeks. Technically, the Rangers had to amend the contract to alter its original wording, and they were just waiting for Beltre to arrive to spring training to sign the deal.
He did so Monday, agreeing to be paid his 2016 salary of $16 million this season and his 2015 salare of $18 million next season.
Daniels said that the primary movitivation to pick up the option, aside from ensuring Beltre’s presence on the 2016 roster, was to remove a clause that would have required him to reach 586 plate appearances to make the contract vest.
“Really a no-brainer for us,” Daniels said. “You’re talking about one of the best players in the game, a future Hall of Famer, a team leader.
“We just didn’t want it to be a story this summer. We didn’t want there to be a watch on the plate appearances.”
Daniels said that there has been internal discussion about offering Beltre a contract extension. With his age — Beltre turns 36 in April — and the financial security he has already obtained, there isn’t the urgency to make an extension as there would be with a young player, Daniels said.
“There’s no rush,” Daniels said. “We want him to be here, and he wants to be here.”
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