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Good morning. The Rangers continue to break up the band and there might not be many members left in a few hours.

In an effort to not bury the lede, T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers traded closer Keone Kela to the Pittsburgh Pirates last night for a minor league left-handed pitching prospect and a PTBNL.

Jeff Wilson writes that the named youngster in the deal for Kela is Pirates’ No. 7 prospect Taylor Hearn, who is from Royse City (which is apparently about 45 minutes out of Arlington? *shrug*).

Evan Grant writes that trading Kela signaled a realization from the Rangers that even their developmental success stories must now become fuel for the future.

The Associated Press has quotes from Jon Daniels on the trade where he calls dealing Kela difficult but believes it was the right time to start acquiring fresh talent.

Wilson reacts to the trade of Kela where he believes the Rangers just couldn’t make a case to keep a closer when they’re trying to retool or reload or whatever it was JD called it instead of using that dang dirty word rebuild.

Sullivan offers an update on Adrian Beltre where it appears that my favorite baseball player will not be traded unless something drastically changes between now and this afternoon.

Grant has more on the Rangers and Beltre with the clock ticking where he writes that the situation is, well... it’s complicated.

Oh yeah, if you’re curious about the actual baseball game, as T.R. Sullivan recaps, the Rangers won last night’s game 9-5 over the Arizona Diamondbacks in a fun display of offensive fireworks.

Grant writes that Rangers officials are taking some time in the scorching climate of Arizona to examine the conditions of the playing surface at Chase Field as they continue to consider making even more money off their publicly funded boondoggle by installing fake grass.

WFAA’s top Rangers prospects list has Anderson Tejeda landing at No. 10 despite the young shortstop perpetually flying under the radar even with a ton of loud tools.

And, lastly, in other trade news, all-time great Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler is joining Mitch Moreland in Boston.

Have a nice day!