Monday, June 27, 2011

Texas Rangers Interested in Carlos Beltran?

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The Texas Rangers have their list of needs as we get closer and closer to Major League Baseball's trade deadline at the end of July.

Everyone want to talk about fixing the bullpen and maybe bringing in a starter or two to add to the rotation in order to move both Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen.

  Carlos Beltran #15 Of The New York Mets Hits A Two Run Home Run In The Fifth Inning Against The Los Angeles Angels Of
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One area that hasn't gotten a lot of talk, for obvious reasons, is the outfield. Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, Craig Gentry, and Endy Chavez are the five players who are on the depth chart. Hamilton and Cruz are getting the bulk of the playing time with Chavez, Gentry, and Murphy splitting the rest of the time for one spot.

So, with that in mind, it wouldn't cross most people's minds that this team would look to add another outfielder.

Well, apparently that may not be the case.

According to's Jon Heyman, the Rangers are apparently interested in New York Mets' outfielder Carlos Beltran as well as reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

Beltran is making $18.5 million this season and will be a free agent at the end of this season. If the Mets pick up the majority of what remains of his contract, the Rangers might be willing to listen.

The Mets' outfielder is having perhaps his best season since 2008, hitting .278 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI through 273 at bats for New York.


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