“That's what we play for. Those are the moments we want to be in,” Moore said after the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants got the left-hander from last-place Tampa Bay. “For someone to reach out and come get me, it's a really good feeling.”
Monday was the busiest deadline day since at least 1995, eclipsing the 15 deals made on the final day for non-waiver trades in 2010 and 2015, according to Major League Baseball.
Teams had until 1 p.m. PDT to make trades without waivers. From now on, no player can be dealt unless he goes unclaimed by everyone else.
After Lucroy used his limited no-trade clause to block a deal to Cleveland, the All-Star catcher was sent to Texas.
“Really excited and can’t wait to get after it!” he posted on Twitter.
Texas also got Beltran, a proven postseason star, from the New York Yankees for right-hander Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and two other pitching prospects.
“As a player you know this moment could happen. But when it happens, it hits you,” Beltran said.
Twice before in his career, Beltran was traded in midseason to a team with playoff hopes. Like the Rangers, Beltran has been to the World Series but never won the crown.
The banged-up Mets acquired Bruce, the All-Star outfielder who leads the NL with 80 RBIs, from Cincinnati for infielder Dilson Herrera and minor league left-hander Max Wotell.
The Mets also got pitcher Jon Niese, who spent his first eight years in New York, from Pittsburgh for reliever Antonio Bastardo.
Toronto was busy, making three deals. A day after falling out of the AL East lead, they got Liriano from Pittsburgh.
“Where he's been and what he's accomplished his entire career, we feel like gives us a chance to have someone who could be pitching in Game 2, 3 or 4 of a World Series run,” Blue Jays General Manager Ross Atkins said.