"For those teams in the buying market, which we have been before, there is that excitement of can you make your team better," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "We are in a position where we are trying to acquire more talent for the organization. It's a different feeling. Getting to the Deadline and how it works out, there will be some guys exhaling [in the clubhouse] and getting back to concentrating on baseball."
Beltre's situation remains unchanged. He was in the lineup for Monday's 9-5 win over the D-backs and acknowledged before the game that there was nothing new with him.
"Feel the same as I have all along," general manager Jon Daniels said after the Rangers traded Keone Kela to Pittsburgh. "It would take a unique circumstance, a team that needs him, a team that values him, spot he would want to go and a return that would make sense for us. We've talked to some clubs, we've had some clubs call on him. But my expectation is he will be here with us. I could be wrong. It could change tomorrow."
The Rangers would be willing to trade Beltre only if it puts him in a position to win a World Series and the club gets decent value in return. There does not appear to be anything with the Braves, even though they could use a right-handed bat and a third baseman. Atlanta's resurgence has been a great story in the National League, but the Braves are hardly one of the favorites to win it all and get a ring for Beltre.
The Red Sox might have been a good spot, as they just put third baseman Rafael Devers on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder. But Devers is not expected to be out long and the Red Sox never really showed interest in Beltre. Boston wanted a second baseman and acquired Ian Kinsler from the Angels on Monday night. The Indians showed some interest earlier in Beltre, but the two sides weren't matching up.
"My head tells me any ballclub that's in a position of the [postseason] hunt would definitely want this guy on their team," Banister said. "But the value of having Adrian on this team is invaluable. I know [Daniels] and Adrian have a solid relationship and the two of them have communicated on this quite a bit."
Martin back in action Right-handed reliever Chris Martin, who is on the disabled list since July 5 with a strained left groin, pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday. He allowed two hits and struck out a batter on 17 pitches.
"The reports are he felt good and there is nothing keeping him from progressing forward," Banister said. "He's got to build up arm strength to get the velocity he needs to, but he's pretty close."
Banister said Martin could get another rehab outing, but much could also depend if the Rangers trade one of their relievers before the Deadline.
Rangers beat • The Rangers' sweep of the Astros over the weekend marked the first time they have swept the team that won the World Series the previous year since taking a three-game set from the Marlins in 2004.
• Bartolo Colon pitches for the Rangers on Tuesday and needs a win to tie Justin Verlander for the most ever in Interleague Play. Verlander has 32.
• Mike Minor earned his club-leading seventh victory on Sunday. This is the third latest in Rangers history they have had a pitcher earn his seventh win. The two latest were Jim Bibby on Sept. 9 and Andrew Cashner last season on Aug. 2.