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Olney: Rangers Serious About Carlos Beltran

The trading deadline in the MLB is just over a week away, and the Texas Rangers look like they've been busy so far - at least in trade negotiations. Buster Olney tweeted that the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes is down to five serious suitors, including the Rangers. 

Source: Carlos Beltran trade talks down to five serious teams, which includes BOS, SF, PHI, ATL, TEX. CLE, PIT basically out of conversation.    

It's unknown what the Rangers would have to give up for Beltran, but they certainly have more ammo than either the Red Sox, Giants, Phillies or Braves have to acquire him.

Of course, any deal for Beltran comes with a bit of risk. First off, Beltran's contract states that he cannot be offered salary arbitration after it expires following the 2011 season, so if he leaves in the offseason, the Rangers would not receive draft pick compensation. 

Secondly, even though he's enjoying a very good season, his knees remain a major concern. Anytime an athlete has microfracture surgery on his or her knees, it's a big deal and it's something that could have long lasting effects. Going to the American League and being able to serve as the designated hitter on some days would certainly serve Beltran and his knees well. 

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