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Report: Rangers to acquire Carlos Beltran from the Yankees


Update (3:33 PM EDT): The Yankees will also be receiving minor league pitchers Eric Swanson and Nick Green from the Rangers, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.


The Rangers have agreed to acquire OF/DH Carlos Beltran from the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitching prospect Dillon Tate and more, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Beltran, 39, has put together a strong season, batting .304/.344/.546 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI in 387 plate appearances for the Yankees. With the Rangers, Beltran could find himself in the outfield, at DH, or even at first base. The veteran can become a free agent after the season.

Tate, 22, was the Rangers’ first round pick — fourth overall — in last year’s draft. He’s had a tough 2016, putting up a 5.12 ERA with a 55/27 K/BB ratio in 65 innings with Single-A Hickory. MLB Pipeline rated Tate as the fifth-best prospect in the Rangers’ system.

We’ll make an update when the other player(s) involved is/are known. The Rangers may also have another trade in the works involving Joey Gallo.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”