On Wednesday, the Rangers formally announced the signing of Adrian Beltre at a team press conference. The third baseman stands to be a big improvement both at the plate and in the field, cementing the Rangers' status as the team to beat in the AL West.
Now, courtesy of Ken Rosenthal, we have some more details about his contract. We knew that it had a maximum value of $96 million over six years, but here's the complete breakdown:
2011: $14 million
2012: $15 million
2013: $16 million
2014: $17 million
2015: $18 million
That adds up to $80 million over the first five years. The 2016 option is worth $16 million, but the Rangers may choose to void it if Beltre falls short of 600 plate appearances in 2015, or 1200 plate appearances in 2014-2015.
Additionally, one more detail: if Beltre is on the disabled list at the end of the 2015 season, and he's deemed unable to begin 2016 at normal health by a mutually agreed on doctor, the Rangers may defer $12 million of his 2016 salary at 1% interest. It isn't the most captivating detail in the world, but there you go.