Deal 'em up! 18 trades _ Beltran, Lucroy, Bruce, Moore move
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 02, 2016 12:55 PM
FILE - In this May 15, 2016, file photo, New York Yankees Carlos Beltran hits a two-run home run off the Chicago White Sox' Zach Duke in the sixth inning of a baseball game in New York. The Yankees stepped up their rebuilding, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, trading outfielder Carlos Beltran to the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for right-hander Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and two other pitching prospects. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer
The Texas Rangers signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy and veteran slugger Carlos Beltran amid a frenzy of activity on Monday's trade deadline in Major League Baseball.
Jay Bruce, Rich Hill, Matt Moore, Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith also found new homes as playoff contenders stocked up for the run toward the playoffs.
"That's what we play for. Those are the moments we want to be in," Moore said after NL West-leading San Francisco got the pitcher from last-place Tampa Bay. "For someone to reach out and come get me, it's a really good feeling."
The AL West-leading Rangers made two major moves.
After Lucroy used his limited no-trade clause to block a deal to Cleveland, the All-Star catcher was sent 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 posted on Twitter.
The 30-year-old Lucroy is batting .299 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs this season.
Texas also got Beltran, a proven postseason star, from the New York Yankees for pitcher Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and two other pitching prospects.
"You know that this moment could happen. But when it happens, it hits you," Beltran said.
Twice before in his career, Beltran was traded in midseason to a team with playoff hopes. Like the Rangers, Beltran has been to the World Series but never won the crown.
The Yankees kept reworking their roster, trying to turn the best parts of a team with remote and fading playoff ambitions into a bright future. They had already traded star relief pitchers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller leading up to the deadline.
As always, relievers were in demand.
The Giants aimed to bolster a shaky bullpen by getting Will Smith from Milwaukee, Boston got Fernando Abad from Minnesota and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs obtained Joe Smith from the Angels.
The Cubs previously got lefties Chapman and Mike Montgomery for their bullpen.
"That was an area we thought we could make some changes," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "Adding a closer, a left-hander and then adding a guy like Smith who can be a right-handed specialist, we felt like those were areas that would improve our team and improve the mix of our bullpen."
The injury-hit New York Mets acquired Bruce, the All-Star outfielder who leads the NL with 80 RBIs, from Cincinnati for infielder Dilson Herrera and minor league pitcher Max Wotell.
The Mets also got pitcher Jon Niese, who spent his first eight years in New York, from Pittsburgh for reliever Antonio Bastardo.
The contending Los Angeles Dodgers fortified their rotation by getting Rich Hill along with outfielder Josh Reddick from Oakland for three pitching prospects.
The 36-year-old Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts and currently out with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand that hasn't healed.
Toronto was busy, making three deals. A day after falling out of the AL East lead, they got Liriano from Pittsburgh.