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Texas Rangers pick up 2016 option on Adrian Beltre

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The Texas Rangers have announced that they have picked up the 2016 option on Adrian Beltre

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers have picked up their 2016 option on Adrian Beltre, ensuring that he will be under contract for the 2016 season.

The Rangers originally signed Beltre to a 5 year, $80 million deal that included a vesting option for the 2016 season at $16 million.  Jon Daniels had previously indicated that the team did not want that option year to be a distraction during the season, and this makes it official that Beltre will not be a free agent until after the 2016 season.

I had speculated that the Rangers maybe hadn't simply exercised the option because there were ongoing negotiations on a contract extension beyond 2016.  This obviously doesn't foreclose the possibility of an extension, but that's apparently not being done in connection with the option being picked up.

UPDATE -- Per Jon Heyman, in conjunction with this deal, Adrian Beltre is reducing his salary for 2015 to $16 million (from $18 million), and increasing his 2016 salary to $18 million from $16 million.