Beasley, other coaches will return in 2017

Beasley, other coaches will return in 2017

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are not planning any changes in their coaching staff this winter, manager Jeff Banister said Tuesday.

The Rangers do expect Tony Beasley to resume his third base coaching duties next season. He was on limited duty this season while recovering from rectal cancer.

"We feel he is healthy and will be back in place," Banister said.

Spike Owen served as the interim third base coach during Beasley's absence and has been offered a job in the Minor League system. He was supposed to manage Class A Hickory this season.

The Rangers overhauled their coaching staff the past two winters so Banister sees no reason to make more changes.

"I'm fortunate to have the group of guys around me that I have," Banister said.

Rangers reviewing pitching program: General manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are reviewing their pitching development program from top to bottom.

The Rangers have traded away many of their top pitching prospects in the past few years through in-season trades and some of the ones left behind like Nick Martinez, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Andrew Faulkner and Luke Jackson have had mixed success at the big league level.

There is still talent within the system. Left-hander Yohander Mendez is the No. 1-ranked prospect in the system, according to But the Rangers have been struggling with their goal of developing their own pitching.

"It's something we have been looking at and continue to do so," Daniels said.

Daniels said the Rangers are reviewing every area, including strength and conditioning, nutrition and performance on the mound.

Beltran not retiring: Designated hitter Carlos Beltran is a free agent and wants to return to the Rangers in 2017. Beltran, 39, made it clear he has no desire to retire and will play somewhere in 2017 if not the Rangers.

"I enjoyed my time here," Beltran said. "It was a good experience being part of the Texas Rangers. I would love to come back. If not, I understand the business part of the game."

The Rangers acquired Beltran from the Yankees for three Minor Leaguers. One of them was pitcher Dillon Tate, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Since Beltran was traded during the season, the Rangers can't make him a qualifying offer and get draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.

That means if he signs elsewhere, the Rangers will have nothing to show for their highest draft pick since 1986. Daniels said that does not increase the necessity of re-signing Beltran.

"We look at every decision separately," Daniels said. "It's not about justifying a move."

Rangers beat

• The Rangers finished with a payroll of close to $170 million this season. Daniels said the 2017 payroll will be close to that as well.

• Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo played in just 48 games because of injuries, but the Rangers are still counting on him to be an everyday player in 2017. Said Banister: "We feel confident Choo can come back and be a quality player. How we construct our lineup on a daily basis, he is one of the core guys who can be in that lineup."

• Left-handed pitchers Brett Martin and Andrew Faulkner have been added to the Surprise roster in the Arizona Fall League. Left-handed pitcher Joe Filomeno has dropped out due to a back injury.

• Infielder Joey Gallo will play for Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. Gallo will join the club next week and play at least the first half of the season. Minor League pitcher Ariel Jurado is playing for the same club. Pitcher Nick Martinez will join La Romano in the Dominican Republic.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.