The American League West-leading Texas Rangers acquired the two-time All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy and closer Jeremy Jeffress from the Milwaukee Brewers in a trade for two former first-round draft picks.
Texas completed the deal on Monday, a day after Lucroy blocked a preliminary agreement the Brewers had reached to send him to the A.L. Central-leading Cleveland Indians. The Rangers sent the prospects Lewis Brinson, an outfielder, and Luis Ortiz, a right-hander, to the Brewers.
OUTFIELDER LANDS WITH INDIANS Cleveland acquired outfielder Brandon Guyer from the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers: outfielder Nathan Lukes and the right-hander Jhonleider Salinas.
Guyer, 30, a right-handed hitter, is batting .241, with seven home runs and 18 R.B.I., in 63 games.
PEARCE RETURNS TO BALTIMORE The Orioles reacquired infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce from Tampa Bay, sending the Rays the minor league catcher Jonah Heim.
Peace, 33, played for the Orioles from 2012 to 2015 and hit .258, with 43 home runs and 116 R.B.I. He signed with Tampa Bay in the off-season and is batting .309 this year, with 10 homers and 50 R.B.I.
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