The New York Yankees traded OF/DH Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers in exchange for RHPs Dillon Tate, Eric Swanson and Nick Green, the team announced.
Tate, 22, was selected fourth overall in last year's MLB Amateur Draft. He is 3-3 with a 5.12 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 16 starts (65 innings) for Low-A Hickory this season.
GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees would not have traded Beltran if they did not receive "a significant enough package" in return, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.
Beltran, 39, is in the final year of a three-year, $45 million deal. He is hitting .304 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs.
Once Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller were traded by the Yankees, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Beltran would be on the move as well.
There was a slim chance that the Yankees would keep Beltran and cross their fingers for a run no one sees coming, and then rely on a qualifying offer to gain some prospect value if Beltran declined. A much better return came across Brian Cashman's desk and the Yankees pounced.
In Tate, the Yankees get another first-rounder during the sell-off. Tate has a plus fastball which tops out at 98 MPH, as well as an above-average slider. Tate has had a rough go this season, but at 22, the Yankees can certainly allow him to figure things out as a starter or convert him to a reliever and move him faster. For a two-month rental, it is hard to pass up such a talent.
Swanson, a teammate of Tate's at Class-A Hickory, is another right-hander who is starting this season for the first time in his short professional career, after working as a reliever. Swanson owns an 8.7 K/9 rate and has been able to minimize the home run ball in the minors thus far (0.4 HR/9).
Green was actually drafted by the Yankees in 2013 (35th round), but did not sign. He was then drafted by Texas in the seventh round the following year. Green has seen action predominately as a starter in his career. Green has seen a dramatic uptick in his strikeout rate this season (11.6 per nine innings).