Martin Perez posts heartfelt farewell to Texas Rangers fans on Instagram: ‘It is not easy to say goodbye’

While the baseball world – particularly Texas Rangers fans – await Adrian Beltre’s decision to either return or retire, another familiar face within the confines of Globe Life Park appears to be moving on.

Starting pitcher Martin Perez posted a goodbye message to Rangers fans Thursday evening on Instagram:

“First of all, I want to thank God for giving the opportunity to be part of such prestigious organization like [the] Rangers for the last 11 years,” Perez wrote. “It is not easy to say goodbye because Texas … was my second home, where I grew up and lived amazing moments as a player and as a person as well.”

“I want to thank everyone inside the organization; to my incredible teammates for such great moments full of memories and friendships. It was a pleasure to play with all of you. Finally, I want to thank Rangers fans for all your incredible support. I will miss you all.”

Perez was one of three pitchers from last year’s starting rotation the Rangers declined contract options on a week ago.

Instead of paying $7.5 million to retain a starting pitcher who recorded the second-highest ERA (6.22) and highest batting average against (.329) among major-leaguers with at least 15 start last season, the Rangers elected a $750,000 buyout.

“We think he’s a big-league pitcher and would consider bringing him back at a different price,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels said recently.

However, the latest Instagram post from Perez suggests he will be moving on from the organization in which he has spent his entire big-league career.

Perez made his MLB debut with the Rangers in 2012, and over the course of the next seven seasons, he appeared in 141 games (128 starts) with a record of 43-49 and a 4.63 ERA.

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