Notes: Rangers moving on from Engel Beltre


PHOENIX -- In an interesting development, but not surprising, the Rangers will not extend a contract to outfielder Engel Beltre.

Beltre missed the entire 2014 season after fracturing his right tibia. During a rehab assignment in Arizona, Beltre was shut down after problems with his left leg.

So after refusing an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Beltre has elected to test free agency.

"He's exploring other options," general manager Jon Daniels said. "We are as well. We haven't closed the door. We haven't made him an offer at this point."

Beltre was one of the rising starts in the organization. In 2010 he was named the Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year and in 2012 he was the Minor League Defender of the Year.

Baseball America ranked him the 25th best prospect in the Rangers system entering 2014.

The Rangers are in need of another outfielder, and it seems Beltre won't be in that mix.

No votes for Rangers' rookies: Chicago's Jose Abreu was named the AL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday night. The Rangers set a team record with 23 rookies used in 2014, which also led the big leagues. However, not one Ranger received any votes in the rookie voting. The best rookie on the squad was second baseman, Rougned Odor, who in 114 games hit .259/.297/.402 with an OPS of .698. The last time a Ranger won the award was closer Neftali Feliz in 2010.

No winter ball for Chirinos: Catcher Robinson Chirinos will not participate in winter ball. The Rangers catcher played in 93 games last season and suffered a stiff neck when he was nicked by a foul tip. The thinking is the Rangers don't want to get their starting catcher injured in winter ball in comparison to the 162-game season. Chirinos is working out in Arlington and the club is more comfortable with that.