May 3, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto (18) talks to starting pitcher Ryan Dempster (46) during the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark. The Reds defeated the Cubs 4-3 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

MLB Trade Deadline: Rangers Acquire Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto

Texas picked up a catcher and a starting pitcher from the Chicago Cubs in the last 24 hours before the MLB trade deadline on July 31.

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Texas Rangers And Chicago Cubs Make A Deal For Geovany Soto

According to Tim Brown, national baseball writer for Yahoo! Sports, the Texas Rangers have acquired catcher Geovany Soto from the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs had been looking to unload Soto before the July 31st trade deadline:

The 29-year-old Soto had spent his entire eight-year career with the Cubs. This year, like the Cubs, Soto had been slumping batting .195 at the plate with an on-base percentage of .278 and a slugging percentage of .345.

For his career, Soto has a batting average of .252 with an OBP of .341 and a SLG of .445. He has also hit 77 home runs in his career and has 264 RBI's.

The Rangers traded minor-league pitcher Jacob Brigham for Soto.

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Josh Beckett Trade Rumors: Rangers-Red Sox Deal Is Dead, According To Report

Josh Beckett to the Texas Rangers doesn't appear to be happening, as reports surfaced on Monday. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com cites a major league source that says the proposed deal that would send the Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett to the Rangers is dead.

The Rangers seemed like baseball's most talented team at the beginning of the season but approaching the trade deadline, they're looking for a true No. 1 starting pitcher. Rumors have circulated that they were interested in bringing back Cliff Lee as well, but that doesn't appear to be happening either.

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Colby Lewis To Have Tommy John Surgery

The veteran right-hander has a torn ligament in his pitching arm that will sideline him for the rest of the season.

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On Cliff Lee And The Texas Rangers

With the Philadelphia Phillies looking like they'll lock up Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee could become a valuable trade piece at the trade deadline.

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The Cost Of An Ace In 2012

The value of trade chips has dropped for sellers these days, and what we would have been okay with giving up for an ace in the past we should be much more cautious about these days.

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On Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Justin Upton And The Texas Rangers

The Rangers have been linked to Justin Upton, Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels in recent weeks -- and Jon Daniels will have some difficult decisions to make.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Brewers Send Scout To Watch AA Frisco

It's no secret that there are two top prizes this year at the trade deadline: Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke. Personally, I believe that Greinke is a top five pitcher in all of baseball and should be considered the top prize, but I digress.

It appears that the Rangers think highly of Greinke, too. According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Brewers sent a scout to watch AA Frisco -- Texas' AA affiliate, which is chalk full of prospects.

If the Brewers are serious about dealing Greinke, and they should be, then the Rangers are as good a bet as any team in baseball to land him -- if they want. Coming into the season, the Rangers had the top-ranked farm system, per Baseball America.

Naturally, the Rangers have some prospects worth watching at AA. First and foremost is Jurickson Profar, who might very well be the top prospect in baseball. As a 19 year old in AA, Profar is hitting an absurd .293/.371/.479, with nine home runs, nine stolen bases, and a slick 39/49 BB/SO ratio.

Though some (delusional) Brewers fans likely covet Profar, the bottom line is this: he's not being traded. There are probably two players in all of baseball that the Rangers would trade Profar for (hint: one of them plays for the Angels, the other, the Nationals), and a two-month rental of Greinke is not going to cut it. Profar will not be traded.

There are plenty of arms in AA, but the hot topic of discussion is likely Mike Olt, who is ranked as the No. 11 prospect in all of baseball, according to Baseball America's midseason top 50 ranking. Olt has taken a major step forward with his bat, hitting .300/.406/.590, with 22 home runs in 75 games.

The problem is, however, that the Rangers have an All-Star third baseman of their own for a few more years in Adrian Beltre. It's a good problem to have too much talent, and this is one of those cases. If Olt's bat truly is this good, then, unlike what I said in the spring, it should be able to play at first base, if the Rangers want to go that route.

Still, with the Brewers desperate for a third baseman, it seems likely that they will target Olt in a trade. Is that unreasonable for two months of one of the very best pitchers in baseball? I'm not sure that it is unreasonable, but I'd understand if the Rangers held onto Olt, instead of having two months, with no guarantee of an extension, of Greinke.

The Rangers have plenty of worthy pitching prospects in AA, too. Cody Buckel could easily be seen as expendable, as could Barrett Loux.

There's lots of talent on Frisco's roster, but my money is on saying the Brewers insist on Olt, at least until the end of July. They're in no rush to deal him, and they're probably going to (rightfully) ask for the sun, the moon and the stars until they have to deal Greinke.

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Dear Ron Washington, Let's Talk About Michael Young

Michael Young has been a sub-par designated hitter for the Rangers this year, and something needs to be done.

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Roy Oswalt's Fit In Arlington

Filling a hole in the rotation with Roy Oswalt sounds well and good, but there are plenty of reasons to be cautious with the Rangers' latest big move.

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