Texas Rangers designated hitter/outfielder Carlos Beltran is planning on playing baseball in 2017 and hopes to be a member of the Rangers next season, reports TR Sullivan of MLB.com.
Carlos Beltran says he will play next year…hopes it's Rangers but it will definitely be somewhere…no plans to retire
— TR Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) October 11, 2016
2017 is scheduled to be Beltran’s 19th season in Major League Baseball, which will be his age 40 season after he hits the big 40 on April 24.
Beltran’s future in baseball likely won’t be with a National League club, due to Beltran’s declining defense and the NL currently not having the designated hitter. He won’t be receiving the three-year, $45 million commitment he landed the last time he was a free agent either.
It’s clear that Beltran hopes to be in Texas next season, and it seems likely that that the very deep Rangers will attempt to re-sign him. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels also officially confirmed today that the club will pick up their team option on Jonathan Lucroy for the 2017 season.
The 39-year-old Beltran spent most of 2016 with the New York Yankees before the Yankees were able to move him to Texas in-exchange for Dillon Tate, Nick Green, and Erik Swanson. Collectively in 2016, Beltran batted .295/.337/.513 with 29 homers and 93 RBIs between New York and Texas.
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