Adrian Beltre announced his retirement on Tuesday after playing a remarkable 21 Major League Baseball seasons, and his next stop will almost certainly be the Baseball Hall of Fame.
In a statement released by the Texas Rangers, Beltre said he came to the incredibly difficult decision that it is time to call it a career.
“After careful consideration and many sleepless nights, I have made the decision to retire from what I’ve been doing for my whole life, which is playing baseball, the game I love,” the 39-year-old said. “I have thought about it a lot and although I appreciate all the opportunities and everything that baseball has given me, it’s time to call it a career.”
The list of accolades for Beltre is an incredibly lengthy one. His 3,166 hits rank 16th all-time and are the most ever by a player not born in the United States. He also made four All-Star teams, won six Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger Awards. Beltre’s on-field earnings of $220 million are the seventh most for an MLB player in his career, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
It goes without saying that Beltre is one of the most respected players in baseball, and the sport paid tribute to him on Tuesday:
Beltre’s career will be remembered as much for his quirky personality as it will for his Hall of Fame resume. He’s a once-in-a-generation player who simply made the sport more fun during his two decades in the league.
Adrian Beltre is still undecided about his playing future, according to a report.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Thursday night that Beltre is still deliberating about his future. He adds that multiple teams would have interest in Beltre if he decides to play in 2019.
Beltre turns 40 in April but still is swinging the bat well at his age. He batted .273 with 15 homers and a .763 OPS in 119 games last season as he battled hip and hamstring injuries.
Beltre said during the season that if he did play next season, it would be with the Texas Rangers.
Adrian Beltre had mixed emotions on what may have been his final home game as a member of the Texas Rangers.
Beltre has openly contemplated retirement, stating this season that he’s not sure if he will be back next season. With that in mind, the Rangers decided to take him out in the middle of Sunday’s home finale against the Seattle Mariners to give him a moment to receive the recognition from his teammates and fans that he deserves.
According to Dallas Morning News reporter Gerry Fraley, Beltre said after the game that it was a “weird day” and that he’s thinking about not returning next season.
We don’t know yet whether Beltre will return for another season, but if the 39-year-old does, he says it will only be with the Rangers.
Adrian Beltre could have been involved in a playoff race this month but turned down that opportunity.
Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels said on Monday that the team approached Beltre about a potential trade before the waiver deadline on Aug. 31, but both sides decided against it. Apparently a team reached out to the Rangers about Beltre, which led them to present the offer to him.
The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant speculates that the trade offer may have come from the Los Angeles Dodgers or Cleveland Indians, both of whom added right-handed third basemen before the waiver deadline.
Beltre declined the trade because he says a lot goes into moving and switching teams, and he didn’t feel like doing so. The Rangers also would not have received much in return for Beltre, so they don’t feel like they missed out on a big opportunity.
The 39-year-old is in his eighth season with the Rangers. He is batting .270 with a .716 OPS this year and has dealt with a hamstring injury. Beltre has not decided said yet whether he will play next season. Either way, he has made clear his desire to retire as a Ranger.
Adrian Beltre is leaving open the possibility of retiring at the end of the season.
Beltre told reporters on Monday that he will wait until after the season to make a decision on his playing future. According to MLB.com’s TR Sullivan, Beltre said that retirement could be an option.
Beltre, 39, came out hot to start the season, but he’s dealt with a hamstring injury that has affected his play. He’s batting .278 with a .726 OPS this year in 87 games. His injury issues have forced him to DH more frequently this season.
Beltre will be a free agent after the season. He has said that he will finish his career with the Rangers either way.
Felix Hernandez hilariously busted Adrian Beltre’s chops after striking out his former teammate on Tuesday night.
Hernandez fooled Beltre with a 2-strike curveball in the second inning of the Seattle Mariners-Texas Rangers game. Beltre was so fooled that all he could do was muster a defenseless swing. Beltre knew he looked so silly that he couldn’t help but smile. Meanwhile, Hernandez pointed for Beltre to take a seat on the bench.
The ribbing between the former teammates was fun to watch. Hernandez got Beltre two more times after that, including a double-play. But Beltre got him back later in the game with a solo home run.
Hernandez, who has had a tough season, got roped for 11 runs (7 earned) over six innings. He didn’t have a ton to smile about as the game went on.
Adrian Beltre is one of the names that has come up as a potential trade piece prior to Tuesday’s deadline, but the veteran third baseman is apparently not going anywhere — this year or for the remainder of his career.
Beltre, who has a full no-trade clause, told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that he plans to finish his career with the Texas Rangers.
Beltre is 39 but having an impressive season, hitting .292 with five home runs and 33 RBI. He’s only under contract with the Rangers until the end of this season, but what he told Nightengale indicates he plans to retire if Texas doesn’t want him back in 2019.
There was some talk that Beltre would be open to accepting a trade to a contending team, but perhaps none were interested enough.
Adrian Beltre has a full no-trade clause and is reportedly only willing to waive it to play for a contender, which is exactly what the Atlanta Braves are at this point. Does that mean the Braves and Texas Rangers could work out a deal?
According to Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, the Rangers and Braves have discussed a trade that would send Beltre to Atlanta. Beltre has not said publicly whether he would be open to playing for the Braves, and Morosi has been told he would prefer to either return to the Boston Red Sox or be sent to the Houston Astros or Cleveland Indians.
The Braves already have a full-time third baseman in Johan Camargo, but it’s possible Atlanta could be interested in a platoon in which Beltre faces left-handed pitching.
Beltre, 39, is hitting .292 this year with five home runs and 33 RBI. He’s having an impressive season given how old he is, and he could potentially help a playoff contender like the Red Sox, who just sent regular third baseman Rafael Devers to the disabled list.
We have heard of at least two other teams that are interested in Beltre, and the list could grow even more heading into Tuesday’s trade deadline depending on the Rangers’ asking price.
As six players are inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, it’s easy to look around the current crop of active players and ask which of them will someday receive the same honor. There are many players who are on the right path, but the road to Cooperstown is filled with players who looked like future Hall of Famers before their careers took turns for the worse.
Here is a list of ten active MLB players who look to be on the right track to someday be enshrined in Cooperstown.
Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Beltre’s late-career revival, particularly during his Texas Rangers years, should send him to Cooperstown. A .287 career hitter, he has already surpassed 3,000 hits. He may fall just short of 500 home runs, but he had roughly a decade at the very top of the game. He is a five-time Gold Glover and recognized as one of the better defenders in the game. From 2010 through 2017, he hit .310 and averaged over 30 home runs per season. That’s a lengthy and excellent peak, and it came years after his 48-homer, near MVP season in 2004 with the Dodgers.
Adrian Beltre will need a very specific set of circumstances in order to waive his no-trade clause with the Texas Rangers.
The veteran third baseman said on Saturday that he will only approve a trade if given a “real” chance to win and the ability to make a “meaningful” contribution, per TR Sullivan of MLB.com. Beltre also said that any potential trade would have to work for both him and the Rangers.
The 39-year-old Beltre, who will be a free agent after the 2018 campaign, is still looking for his first World Series ring in his 21st MLB season. He has been with the Rangers for the last eight of those seasons and is still batting a solid .294 in 72 games this year.
We recently heard of two particular teams who are interested in Beltre and might fit his criteria, so now it will be on the four-time All-Star to decide if anybody is worth his while before next week’s trade deadline.