The floodgates are officially broken now.
Carlos Beltran is reportedly on the move, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports! (via Twitter). Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports (via Twitter) first noted that a deal was close between the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. Passan adds (via Twitter) that the Yankees are slated to receive pitching prospect Dillon Tate and more from the Rangers.
Beltran, 39, looks rejuvenated at the plate this season. On the year, he’s hitting .304/.344/.506 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs in 99 games for the Yanks. His acquisition comes at a great time for the Rangers, who are in world of hurt because of injuries. Their outfield has been the primary target of injuries, as they have lost Shin-Soo Choo, Drew Stubbs, and Josh Hamilton to the disabled list. Additionally, they most recently lost Prince Fielder to season-ending neck surgery.
Tate, 22, gives the Yankees a future arm to build around. The fourth-overall selection in the 2015 MLB Draft is 3-3 with a 4.62 ERA in 22 career starts. Currently pitching for Single-A Hickory, Tate was the 36th-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline during their preseason rankings, although he fell out of their mid-season rankings. His level of athleticism is the main reason that scouts believe Tate could develop into a starter.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News adds (via Twitter) that the Rangers will add a second prospect to the deal.