Rangers acquire DH Carlos Beltran from Yankees for RHP Nick Green, RHP Erik Swanson, and RHP Dillon Tate (2016)
This move by the Rangers may have been overshadowed by the move the Indians made for Miller last season. It is a move the Rangers made to try and fill weaknesses that had developed in their own lineup. The team had lost Prince Fielder for the year and saw Shin-Soo Choo struggle with his own injuries. Carlos Beltran provided a bat for their lineup as they were having a successful season of their own.
In order to acquire Beltran, the Rangers jumped into the trend of sending prospects to the Yankees, sending three of their own prospects. Dillon Tate was the headliner of this trio of prospects as a former 4th overall pick. The Rangers may have been willing to include him in a trade as reports were that Tate seemed to have been fading as a prospect in the Ranger’s system.
This trade may not have yielded the exact results the Rangers wanted. Hence a World Series title was likely in mind when they made the deal. Regardless, Beltran provided good production for the Rangers with a .280/.325/.451 batting line and 7 home runs. It also seems the Rangers avoided giving up any major pieces of the future in this trade for a key rental player in a stretch run.