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Morosi: Rangers View Beltran As Impact Bat

Jon Paul Morosi tweeted earlier on Sunday that the Rangers are interested in Carlos Beltran because they view him as an impact addition to the lineup, but otherwise, aren't particularly in the market for hitting.

Rangers are interested in Beltran because of the potential impact but aren't desperate to add a bat otherwise.   

This isn't terribly shocking news, since Texas' lineup is pretty good. Beltran definitely qualifies as an impact bat, even after undergoing microfracture surgery last year. Beltran is hitting .290/.391/.519 for the Mets on the season, with 15 home runs, 30 doubles and 57 walks against 60 strikeouts. 

It's been widely speculated the last couple of days that the San Francisco Giants are the front runners to land Beltran, but that the Red Sox, Phillies, Braves and Rangers are also in the mix. 

As part of Beltran's contract, he cannot be offered salary arbitration after this season, so a team that trades for him and then fails to re-sign him will not be able to receive draft pick compensation. 

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