Rangers get Lucroy and Beltran
The Texas Rangers impressed many, as they look to pull away from the rest in the AL West division after coming back to the pack over the last month. The Rangers did something the Indians couldn't, and that's finalize a deal for Jonathan Lucroy. Texas received Lucroy from the Brewers for outfielder Lewis Brinson, pitcher Luis Ortiz, and a player to be named later. Texas also received reliever Jeremy Jeffress.
The Rangers have made blockbuster moves the last two deadlines now, acquiring pitcher Cole Hamels last season. The 30-year-old Lucroy is hitting .299 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs, and vetoed a trade to the Indians that was agreed upon Saturday night. The Rangers were not among the teams that Lucroy could deny in a deal.
Before finalizing the trade for Lucroy, the Rangers already received offensive help, getting outfielder Carlos Beltran from the selling Yankees. The switch-hitting veteran hit a home run and drove in two in his final game with New York on Sunday. He has 22 home runs and 64 driven in this season, while also batting .304.
The 39-year-old was dealt for pitching prospect, Dillon Tate. The 22-year-old Tate is 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA in 17 games, 16 starts, in Class-A. Beltran, on the other hand, is in the final year of a three-year contract, making him a free agent after this season.
Mets-Reds get Bruce deal done
For a second consecutive season, the New York Mets were chasing after Reds outfielder, Jay Bruce. It was announced that the deal was done, and after re-working things due to a medical issue, it finally was. The 29-year-old had spent his entire nine-year career with the Reds, but has been in the middle of trade rumors the past several years.
Bruce leads the National League with 80 RBIs, and the power is still there with 25 big flies. He is now the first RBI leader to be dealt mid-season since 1920. The career .249 hitter is batting .265 this season, and will join the Mets on Tuesday. He has 233 home runs in his career, to go along with 718 RBIs. He will be expected to help add more production to a lineup that has had Yoenis Cespedes going in and out due to injuries.
That lineup ranks last in the NL with a .206 average with runners in scoring position, and 13th with 381 runs scored.
Bruce does have a team option for next season worth $13 million with a $1 million buyout. Cespedes does have the choice to opt-out in November, and if that does happen, the chances of Bruce remaining in New York increases.
Giants get pitching help in Moore from Rays
The San Francisco Giants were expected to search for pitching help at the deadline, and they found just that by acquiring Matt Moore from the Tampa Bay Rays. San Francisco sent Matt Duffy, and two other minor league prospects the other way in the deal.
The left-handed Moore is 7-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 21 starts, but is two years removed from Tommy John Surgery. The 27-year-old missed the entire 2014 season after tearing a ligament in his elbow that April. He did not return until July of 2015.
In 130 innings, Moore has 109 strikeouts this year. He is eligible for arbitration next season after signing a five-year deal in 2011. The key piece, Duffy, that is heading to Tampa Bay is hitting .253 with four home runs and 21 RBIs this season.