The slugger finishes with 3,166 hits, which ranks 16th all-time and has him quickly in the conversation to reach the Hall of Fame. The hits total is also the most by a foreign-born player, as he passed Ichiro Suzuki for that feat this past season. Beltre was also a four-time All-Star selection, six-time Gold Glove award winner, and four-time Silver Slugger winner. He did not win a World Series ring in his career, but reached the Fall Classic once in 2011. In that time, he went 9-for-30, but his Rangers fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.
At the time of his announcement, Beltre finished No. 1 among active players in hits, games played, and plate appearances. He was also second in home runs, RBIs, WAR, runs scored, doubles, total bases, and extra-base hits. He finished with 477 career home runs and 1,707 RBIs, all while hitting .286 in over two decades. He made $18 million in 2018, where he hit .273 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs, ending his possible Hall of Fame career on a good note.
In some free agency news, the Cincinnati Reds locked in reliever Raisel Iglesias on Wednesday with a new three-year contract. The closer's new contract is worth $24 million, as it helps him avoid arbitration. He was coming off a seven-year deal that he signed in 2014, but that allowed him to void the remainder of the deal once he was eligible for salary arbitration. This move will also pay him $5 million in salary each of the next two seasons.
Iglesias recorded a career-high 30 saves this past season, doing so in 34 chances with a 2.38 ERA. The Reds had no intentions of having him under arbitration for any length of time, offering him a restructured contract after paying him $4.5 million this year. The move also places a lot of confidence in Iglesias as their permanent closer, as the Reds intent on moving away from their rebuilding process and in to a legitimate contender in the National League.