Today the club announced that they will be picking up Adrian Beltre’s 2016 option for $18 million. The option was originally a vesting option worth $16 million that would activate if Beltre reached 586 plate appearances this season, but was recently altered into a team option with the yearly salary of 2015 swapping with 2016.
Smart move by General Manager Jon Daniels, as now the team does not have to worry about giving Beltre a day off here and there. He called the deal a “No brainer” and said “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.” I believe eventually a extension will be signed as it has been reported that both sides have a mutual interest for Beltre to end his career in Arlington.
Since signing a $96 million dollar deal over six years back in 2011, Beltre has averaged a .315/.364/.530 slash line while appearing in three All-Star games. The future Hall of Famer has also added two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers to his resume and has yet to finish below 15th in the yearly MVP voting.
In other news, former #1 prospect Jurickson Profar had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder today. Profar will be out for the season and should spend 2016 in the Minors where he can hopefully get his career back on track. Since a player on the 40-man roster can not be optioned if injured, Profar will have three years of service time under his belt after this season, making him arbitration eligible next season.
Neftali Feliz spent this offseason with a personal trainer and reported to camp ten pounds slimmer. Feliz started training the day after the 2014 season ended and is “100%” ready to go. He was quoted saying he expects to save 40-50 games this season and that his arm feels even better than last year. It’s good to see a lot of confidence in Feliz as he looks to capture old form. If his velocity can get back to averaging 96 and above, I have no doubt he can save 40 games as long as the opportunity is given.
The first spring training game is in eight days.
Opening day is in 46 days.