Rangers pushed for Beltran but want relief pitching far more
The Rangers were in on outfield Carlos Beltran to the end, according to club officials, but once the Giants put pitcher Zach Wheeler in the deal, that was it for them. Apparently that’s who the Mets wanted and the Rangers weren’t willing to go that level. Obviously blow-by-blow accounts of any conversations between Sandy Alderson and Jon Daniels aren’t going to surface but if the Mets wanted Martin Perez, that wasn’t going to happen.
The Rangers did like Beltran but bullpen is still their No. 1 priority. Club officials have made that clear in multiple venues and nothing has changed. That’s where this is headed and those with relievers to trade are holding back to the end for the best deal possible.
There has been talk about starting pitching but that would be a mistake. If Derek Holland is your fifth starter, there is no dire need for starting pitching.