Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning.
The New York Yankees continued the immolation of their current roster right up to the trade deadline.
The Bronx Bombers sent outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for Dillon Tate and other prospects in their ongoing fire sale. Beltran, though 39, boasts a .304 average, 22 home runs and 64 RBI. His contract expires after this season, so Texas essentially rents him for a few months. The Rangers selected right-handed starter Tate in the first round of last year’s draft.
At 62-44, the Rangers lead the AL West by six games. Beltran, a free agent after this season gives Texas a bat that can help them win now. The Yankees, at 52-52, appear in rebuilding mode, an unfamiliar sight in the Bronx. After sending Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, the Yankees traded bullpen mate Andrew Miller to the Cleveland Indians. Alex Rodriguez plans to retire after next season (the Yankees may harbor other plans) and Mark Teixeira hits free agency.
The players in pinstripes next season figure to take the field as a new-look New York Yankees.