The Texas Rangers acquire Carlos Beltran for Dillon Tate.
On one hand, this is a great move for Texas in that Beltran fills the void at DH which was left by Prince Fielder being broken/not very good at baseball. Beltran ranks as the 13th best hitter in the AL according to ESPN. The 39 year old switch hitter is slashing .304/.344/.546/.890, which, and I'm not very good at math, is about 136 times better than what the Rangers got from the DH position in the first half of the season. Beltran is a nice rental with power from both sides of the plate that adds an additional dynamic to the roster.
On the flip side of this deal is Dillon Tate, who the Rangers drafted #4 overall in 2015. The best way to put this is that Texas went fully Joey Gallo on this pick (a swing and a miss). Tate has been simply awful this season, struggling in low-A to the tune of a 5.12 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. A top-10 draft pick should not be struggling to that level in low-A.
The next question of this trade now becomes the crowded lineup. What does Texas do if Choo can drag his carcass onto the field and remain healthy for a few games? What do you do with Profar and the suddenly hot bat of Moreland? These are great problems to have.
30 minutes until the deadline. Let's go, JD (how about some pitching and perhaps a C?)!