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The Texas Rangers have acquired Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy. Once again, the Rangers’ front office made last-second acquisitions at the peak of the MLB trade deadline. Just like they made a great move acquiring Cole Hamels last year, the Rangers made great moves acquiring Beltran and Lucroy.
My Thoughts on These Moves
Carlos Beltran: He’s batting .304 with 22 homers with 64 RBIs this season, which is very good for a 39-year-old veteran. The Yankees acquired the Rangers’ 2015 first round draft pick starting pitcher Ben Tate along with several minor league talents. It’s very unlikely that he’ll stay in Arlington after the season, but there’s no doubt that the young talents on the lineup will learn from him. His postseason experience and success will definitely help. Beltran may be an 18-year veteran, but he’s still got it.
Jonathan Lucroy: So far this season he’s batting .299 with 13 homers with 50 RBIs. The Brewers acquired several minor league prospects from the Rangers’ farm system. Texas also acquired reliever Jeremy Jeffress in this transaction. Jeffress is 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA in nearly 50 appearances this season, so his presence will add more strength to the bullpen. The Rangers and Brewers had been in negotiations in the past week about a deal involving Lucroy. However, negotiations stopped when Lucroy was traded to Cleveland, however the trade was vetoed by Lucroy. The decision was then made to send him to the Rangers.
The trades for Beltran and Lucroy has increased the Rangers’ chances of winning the A.L. pennant and possibly reaching the World Series this season. But for now, we need to see how they perform in a Rangers uniform. Can they help the Rangers reach and win the World Series? We’ll see.