Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rangers Pick Up Lucroy, Beltran on Busy Deadline Day

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rangers Pick Up Lucroy, Beltran on Busy Deadline Day

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Jonathan Lucroy got a deal he liked, Carlos Beltran joined him in Texas and Jay Bruce and Rich Hill also moved Monday during an 18- swap frenzy at the trade deadline.

Matt Moore, Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith found new homes, too, as playoff contenders stocked up for the stretch.

"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 lefty from last-place Tampa Bay. "For someone to reach out and come get me, it's a really good feeling."

Monday was the busiest deadline day since at least 1995, eclipsing the 15 deals made on the final day in 2010 and 2015, according to Major League Baseball.

Teams had until 3 p.m. (St. Louis time) to make trades without waivers. From now, no player can be dealt unless he goes unclaimed by everyone else.

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 righty Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and two other pitching prospects.

"I think as a player, 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 .500 team into a bright future. They had already traded relief aces Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller leading up to the deadline. …

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