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Deal could keep Beltre with Texas until retirement

Adrian Beltre, 37, is signed with the Rangers through 2018.

Adrian Beltre, 37, is signed with the Rangers through 2018.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre plans to retire as a member of the Rangers. That just won't be any time soon.

A week after his 37th birthday, Beltre signed a deal that adds $36 million and two years for the All-Star third baseman through the 2018 season.

"Yeah, I heard a lot about age and I should be declining, but I don't buy into it until I feel it," Beltre said Saturday. "I feel like I'm 25. I feel great, my body feels great. Mental, I'm good. … I have no doubt that the motivation is always there, the motivation to win is always there, the challenge to try to beat the team on the other side is always there."

He's still productive for the Rangers, who have been to a World Series and missed the postseason only once in his first five seasons. In 744 career games with Texas before Saturday night, he was a .309 hitter with a .358 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage. He has won two of his four third-base Gold Gloves since joining the Rangers.

"The largest impact we have on our club," manager Jeff Banister said. "You hear every one of (his teammates) refer to him as the captain. And it's the truth."

Beltre is in the final season of the initial $96 million, six-year contract he signed with the Rangers as a free agent before the 2011 season, when he had his only World Series appearance. Both Beltre and the Rangers had talked since the end of last season about getting a new deal done.

Beltre played his 2,496th game at third base Saturday, second in history behind Brooks Robinson's 2,870 games at third.

DEGROM STAYS WITH NEWBORN: The Mets placed RHP Jacob deGrom on the family medical emergency list because of health complications involving his newborn child.

DeGrom left the team early last week for the birth of his first child in Florida. Mets manager Terry Collins said complications developed and deGrom needed to stay with his family.

Collins said the team's thoughts are with deGrom, his wife, Stacey, and son, Jaxon, who was born Monday. Collins added he has spoken with the pitcher every day.

Also, the Mets removed C Travis d'Arnaud from the game after he was hit on the left elbow in the seventh inning by a pitch from Indians RHP Zach McAllister. The team announced X-rays were negative and d'Arnaud has a bruise.

GUEST MANAGER: Softball star Jennie Finch has agreed to spend a day managing a minor-league team. The Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League said the former Olympic pitcher will serve as the "guest manager" on May 29 in a game against the Maryland Blue Crabs. The team is billing Finch's appearance as the first game in which a woman will manage a men's professional baseball team.

ANGELS: Reserve OF Daniel Nava went on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee.

A'S: INF Eric Sogard said he will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left knee, an injury that has bothered him on and off for two years.

RED SOX: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, on the DL after injuring his right knee in spring training, is set to pitch a simulated game Monday at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers, manager John Farrell said.

ROCKIES: C Nick Hundley went on the seven-day concussion disabled list after he took a foul tip off his mask. RHP David Hale was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Deal could keep Beltre with Texas until retirement 04/16/16 [Last modified: Saturday, April 16, 2016 9:33pm]
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