Friday, December 15, 2017
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Rangers add firepower, Yankees boost farm system at deadline

The Rangers might have come away the biggest winners at baseball's deadline for nonwaiver deals.

The Yankees appear to have positioned themselves to rebuild their dynasty.

The Rangers on Monday added two big bats in their push for a second straight AL West title, acquiring OF/DH Carlos Beltran from New York and C Jonathan Lucroy from the Brewers. Texas also picked up hard-throwing RH reliever Jeremy Jeffress from Milwaukee.

Beltran, 39, is enjoying his best offensive season in years, batting .304 with a .344 on-base percentage and a .546 slugging percentage in 99 games. He's expected to be the Rangers' primary DH.

Lucroy, who on Sunday invoked his no-trade clause to block a deal to the Indians, had no issue going to Texas. "Now, moving on to the @Rangers let's take this bad boy to the 'ship! Really excited and can't wait to get after it!" he wrote on his verified Twitter account.

The two-time All-Star is batting .299/.359/.482 and is considered one of baseball's best defensive catchers.

"When a guy like Jonathan Lucroy is available, it kind of stands out," Rangers GM Jon Daniels said.

The Rangers sent two top prospects to the Brewers, OF Lewis Brinson and RHP Luis Ortiz.

The Yankees, meanwhile, continued their rebuild with a package from Texas headlined by minor-league RHP Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft. The Rangers also sent New York minor-league RHPs Nick Green and Erik Swanson.

Over the past week, the Yankees have added a bounty of prospects in trades with the Cubs, Indians and Rangers. New York also traded RHP Ivan Nova to the Pirates for two players to be named.

"It's a new chapter," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "There's going to be some young guys that get a chance, and I'm excited about that."

The crosstown Mets also made a big move, acquiring RF Jay Bruce from the Reds for minor-league INF Dilson Herrera and LHP Max Wotell. Bruce is having a bounceback season, batting .265/.316/.559 in 97 games.

Later, the Mets reacquired LHP Jon Niese from the Pirates, bringing him back to where he played his first eight seasons in a trade that sent RH reliever Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh.

Elsewhere:

• The Dodgers got the starting pitcher and the outfield bat they'd been looking for, acquiring LHP Rich Hill and RF Josh Reddick from the A's for three pitching prospects, RHPs Jharel Cotton, Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas. Hill is on the DL with a blister but is expected to return soon.

• The Blue Jays revamped their pitching staff, acquiring LHP Francisco Liriano from the Pirates, RHP Scott Feldman from the Astros and RHP Mike Bolsinger from the Dodgers. Toronto also got two well-regarded prospects from Pittsburgh, C Reese McGuire and OF Harold Ramirez, and sent RHP Drew Hutchison to the Pirates. The Jays traded minor-league RHP Lupe Chavez to Houston and RHP Jesse Chavez and cash to Los Angeles.

• In addition to Rays LHP Matt Moore, the Giants acquired LH reliever Will Smith from the Brewers to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run, sending backup C Andrew Susac and top RHP prospect Phil Bickford to Milwaukee. Catcher Reese McGuire and outfielder Harold Ramirez to Jays.

• The Cubs continued to add bullpen depth, acquiring RHP Joe Smith from the Angels for minor-league RHP Jesus Castillo. Chicago recently acquired LHPs Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees and Mike Montgomery from the Mariners.

• The Twins acquired LHP Hector Santiago and Double-A RH reliever Alan Busenitz from the Angels for RHPs Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer and cash. Minnesota also sent LHP Fernando Abad to the Red Sox for RHP Pat Light.

• The Marlins and Padres reworked last week's trade when RHP Colin Rea was sent back to San Diego after he injured his pitching elbow in his first start for Miami. The Marlins reacquired minor-league RHP Luis Castillo.

PUIG ABSENT: RF Yasiel Puig did not travel with the Dodgers when they flew to Denver after being told he was going to be traded or demoted, foxsports.com reported. Puig is expected to be sent to the minors today, his agent, Adam Katz, told the website.

CARDINALS: Rookie SS Aledmys Diaz has a hairline fracture in his right thumb and will miss at least several weeks.

RED SOX: Closer Craig Kimbrel returned three weeks after he had surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.

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