Texas Rangers Make A Couple Trades To Bolster Roster

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Jul 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress (21) and catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Milwaukee won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 20, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress (21) and catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Milwaukee won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Texas Rangers solidified their offense with some deadline deals that yielded 2 all-stars no Monday. Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy were acquired by trading minor league prospects.

The Texas Rangers were believed to be in the market for a starting pitcher just before the trade deadline. According to everything that was reported, the asking price to acquire a starter was way too much. Instead the Texas Rangers said, “lets just add two all-star bats and score a lot of runs instead” seems like good thinking.

Carlos Beltran is older but can play a corner outfielder position and DH, he also walks into the clubhouse as the teams leader with 22 hrs this year. The veteran presence of Beltran will be similar to Adrian Beltre but Beltran has won a world series when he played with the San Fransico Giants and they beat the Texas Rangers in 2011.

Jonathan Lucroy is another all-star that will bring a big bat to the lineup at the position of catcher. Lucroy’s numbers have been better than the combined play that Bobby Wilson and Robinson Chirinos were performing at. Not only does he bring an offensive improvement to the team but there are stats that show Jonathan Lucroy frames pitches better and throws out runners at a higher level as well.

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The Texas Rangers were only able to trade for Lucroy because he had previously vetoed a trade to the Clevland Indians who appeared to want to play him more at 1st or DH over the next year of his remaining contract. In Texas Jonathan Lucroy will be given the chance to be the everyday starter at the catcher spot and provide consistency as well.

The most exciting thing about these two trades is that the Texas Rangers did not have to give up any of the young talented guys that were brought up and are contributing to the team this year. Nomar Mazara, Jurickson Profar, and Joey Gallo are still with the Texas Rangers and will be exciting to watch moving forward on their push to a World Series Championship.

So who was given up then, you ask? The two biggest names were Luis Ortiz who looked like would be in the starting rotation day 1 of the 2017 season and Lewis Brinson who has been an impressive outfielder for the Frisco Roughriders and should be a big part of the young rebuilding Milwakee Brewers.

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Now don’t forget that the Texas Rangers did trade for a couple of pitchers too. Starter Lucas Harrell from the Braves has already tallied a win for the Rangers this past weekend.  Dario Alexander is  relief pitcher that was came in the Harrell trade, Alexander is a strike out machine and a lefty specialist. Jeremy Jeffress  is a young relief pitcher who came with Jonathan Lucroy he has a 2.22 ERA in 44.2 relief innings and will be under team control for the next few years.

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