- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) - The first-place Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur for their playoff push.

The New York Mets sent Francoeur and cash to Texas for infielder Joaquin Arias, who was designated for assignment last week when Alex Cora was called up by the Rangers.

The strong-armed Francoeur is hitting .237 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs. Arias batted .276 in 50 games for the Rangers, including 22 starts. He had two stints on the disabled list.

Texas has been looking for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench for the final month of the season and its expected postseason appearance. The deal had to be completed by Tuesday night in order for Francoeur to be eligible for the playoff roster.