By C. Trent Rosecrans
The Rangers have been on record as looking for bullpen help, and the Mets could be a possible trade partner, SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets.
Last week Rodriguez noted he'd be fine moving into a setup role for a team that'll be in the playoff hunt, and the first-place Rangers (in a pretty weak division) certainly qualify in that regard.
More interesting is Beltran, who hasn't played center field this season. Last year he started 58 games in center, only to be replaced this season by Angel Pagan. Josh Hamilton has started nine games in center this season and 29 a year ago.
While Hamilton and Nelson Cruz have spent time on the disabled list, the other Rangers outfielders have gotten opportunities, but nobody's taken ahold of it. David Murphy is hitting .233/.310/.317 with four home runs in 226 plate appearances, while his OPS has dropped 179 points from last season. He's played mostly left this season but also center and right.
The Rangers used three different starters in center field in this past weekend's series against the Mets. Hamilton started there Friday; Craig Gentry started Saturday; and former Met Endy Chavez started Sunday. Add to that, the player who has started the most games in center for the Rangers is Julio Borbon.
Besides Hamilton, of the other three, Chavez is the only one that has a homer (two) this season. All have respectable splits, but none has a long-term track record, much less one that compares to Beltran's.
Beltran is in the final year of his seven-year, $119 million deal with the Mets. He's making $18.5 million this season and has a full no-trade clause.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.