Banister's first-day message rings true with Rangers
FEB 26, 5:01p ET | Anthony Andro
Rotowire: Feb 23 / 11:00a ET
News: Beltre's option for 2016 was picked up by the Rangers on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson reports.
Impact: The Rangers amended Beltre's contract to extend him through 2016, as he had originally signed a six-year deal in with a sixth year vesting option. The vesting option would have required Beltre to reach 586 plate appearances, but Texas apparently decided he would be worth the $16 million in 2016 regardless of his availability in 2015. Joey Gallo, the team's presumed third baseman of the future, could debut with Texas as early as this season, but the team is so weak at designated hitter that finding room for both players will not be an issue.
StatsLLC: Feb 23 / 12:00a ET
News: Beltre and the Texas Rangers have reworked the final two seasons of the third baseman's $96 million, six-year contract, eliminating the team's conditional right to void his 2016 salary.
Impact: Beltre was due to be paid $18 million this year and $16 million in 2016, but the team had the right to void 2016 if the four-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner didn't have at least 586 plate appearances this season. Under the amendment announced Monday, Beltre is guaranteed $16 million this year and $18 million in 2016. The 35-year-old made $17 million last season, when he hit .324 with 19 homers and 77 RBIs.