Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Rumor Mill: Mets Could Be in the Market for SF Giants Prospects
By Jim Mancari
With the trade deadline fast approaching, the Mets have some tough decisions facing them. It’s looking more likely that the team will hang onto Jose Reyes and attempt to negotiate a long-term contract this off-season.
However, Carlos Beltran, as some media outlets have said, is “as good as gone.”
Beltran is overcoming flu-like symptoms but should be in the lineup tonight against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The San Francisco Giants have been rumored to have interest in both Beltran and Reyes. Unique closer Brian Wilson has publicly stated that he wants Beltran on the Giants for the stretch run.
The Giants have a few prospects that could intrigue the Mets if a deal were to occur.
Young slugging prospect Brandon Belt’s would be the first option. Belt, a first baseman by trade who could also play some outfield, cracked the Giants roster out of spring training but couldn’t handle Major League pitching early on. The Giants sent him back to the minors, where he’s hit at a .336 clip in 39 games.
Though the Giants seem to have a surplus of outfielders (Andres Torres, Pat Burrell, Nate Schierholtz, Cody Ross, Aaron Rowand), the defending World Series champs still have interest in Beltran.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team would hold out for the best possible deal for Beltran. However, if the Giants dangle Belt in the Mets faces, what would the Mets do?
Current Mets first baseman Ike Davis will likely undergo season ending surgery in a few weeks, so the Mets may want to think long-term as first base.
In all likelihood, the Giants will be patient in Belt’s development and hang onto him, at least for now.
But right-handed pitching prospect Zach Wheeler could be on the move. If the Mets were to pull the trigger on any Carlos Beltran deal with the Giants, Wheeler would almost 100 percent have to be included in that deal.
The Mets desperately need pitching depth, and the 21-year-old Wheeler could be just what the team needs. If the Giants are desperate enough in their search for an outfielder and are dedicated to add the best one possible in Beltran, Wheeler may find himself in a “New York State of Mind.”
The one drawback is that Beltran is a free agent—not to mention a Scott Boras client—and might only be a two-month rental player.
Would the Giants be willing to part ways with their top pitching or top hitting prospect for a rental player?
Let’s wait and find out.