Texas Rangers trade rumors: Carlos Beltran, New York Yankee outfielder, is likely to be dealt, according to Mark Feinsand, who says that the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians are the finalists. T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers are "hard after" Beltran, and a deal could be close.
Beltran has been on the radar as a possible acquisition for the last couple of days, fueling speculation that Shin-Soo Choo's back is more problematic than has been let on, since Beltran would be more of a necessity if Choo is not available. Alternatively, it could be an indication Joey Gallo or Jurickson Profar might be getting dealt in a separate deal, such as for Jonathan Lucroy, and the Rangers are wanting another bat to replace Profar or Gallo in the lineup.
Should Beltran be landed, the Rangers would likely have Choo and Beltran split time between RF and DH, assuming each is healthy, with Nomar Mazara as the left fielder, and Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar available to start at COF, 1B or DH against a lefthanded pitcher.
UPDATE -- Ken Rosenthal tweets that a deal between the Rangers and Yankees for Beltran is close, and Dillon Tate, last year's #4 overall pick, would be going to the Yankees in that deal. My guess is that there would be other pieces -- I know that Tate's stock has dropped, but I have a hard time thinking the Rangers would move him this quickly for two months of Beltran.
UPDATE II -- Jeff Passan tweets that the Rangers have agreed to a Beltran deal, and Tate, plus others, are going to the Yankees in this trade.
UPDATE III -- Still unclear on the rest of the package, though Jon Heyman says it is Tate plus two others.
UPDATE IV -- And then there's this:
I am told that Rangers getting Beltran makes it easier for them to include Gallo in deal for Lucroy.— Tom (@Haudricourt) August 1, 2016
UPDATE V -- Also going to the Yankees in this deal are Spokane RHP Nick Green and Hickory RHP Erik Swanson, the Rangers' 7th round pick and 8th round pick, respectively, in the 2014 draft. Swanson, who turns 23 in September, has shown some promise at Hickory this year, but is still on the fringey side of prospect-dom, and Green, 21, hasn't done much to put himself on the radar.