Texas Rangers trade rumors: Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy, New York Yankee outfielder and Milwaukee Brewer catcher, are the names currently bandied about as we move to just under 20 hours until the non-waiver trade deadline of Monday, August 1, at 3:00 p.m. Central.
Buster Olney tweets that the Rangers are among the teams talking to the Yankees about Carlos Beltran, and while Jon Daniels has talked about the Rangers’ position player depth being such that they don’t need to make a move for a hitter, the situation with Prince Fielder being out for the year, and Shin-Soo Choo’s back being an ongoing issue, makes the possibility of acquiring Beltran to give the Rangers a DH or COF option appealing.
Beltran could be particularly enticing if the Rangers end up parting with some of their major league talent for Jonathan Lucroy, the Brewers catcher who vetoed a trade to the Cleveland Indians this morning, and thus is back on the trade block. Jeff Wilson says the Rangers and Brewers having been talking about Lucroy plus a reliever — Jeremy Jeffress, Tyler Thornburg, and Will Smith are all possibilities there — with Joey Gallo going back to Milwaukee, though he says nothing is imminent. But Gallo, or Jurickson Profar, getting sent out in a deal for Lucroy or someone else would potentially make the Rangers more inclined to go after Beltran, since Gallo and Profar are currently getting at least semi-regular at bats for Texas.