• Rangers make big moves, acquiring Lucroy, Beltran
"The feeling is that I've got to go there and help. Help as much as I can," Beltran said. "They get me because they think I can contribute and they think I can help the team continue to win ballgames.
"It's fun, honestly. I mean I've been in these type of situations before where you play on a team that is in first place and you know, every game that you play is a meaningful game and you try to continue to win ballgames and increase that lead, so that's the job."
Beltran, 39, is in the final of a three-year, $45 million contract and will be a free agent after the season. He is hitting .304 with 22 home runs, 64 RBIs and a .546 slugging percentage. He has a career .332 average with a .674 slugging percentage in postseason play.
Since the beginning of June, the switch-hitter has compiled a .343/.389/.562/.950 slash line with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs in 49 games. He has seen action in right field (58 games) and as a designated hitter (34 games).
Tate was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft out of UC-Santa Barbara and was 3-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 16 starts and one relief appearance for Class A Santa Barbara.
Green is 2-2 with a 4.98 ERA in seven starts with short-season Spokane, his third professional season. Swanson has gone 6-4 with a 3.43 ERA and one save over 19 games/15 starts at Hickory.
Fantasy spin | Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB)
Beltran has been a fine fantasy contributor in 2016 (22 homers, .304 average), and he should remain productive in a potent Rangers lineup that plays home games at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park in Arlington. Players such as Adrian Beltre and Nomar Mazara are likely set to see an uptick in the counting-stats department, as the move gives Texas the middle-of-the-lineup presence it has been missing thanks to Fielder's struggles. The Yankees' trade of Beltran could give way to a youth movement in the Big Apple, with catcher prospect Gary Sanchez and powerful outfield prospect Aaron Judge both potentially receiving meaningful playing time down the stretch. Owners in deep-mixed formats can consider stashing Sanchez or Judge, depending on positional needs.
T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.