NY Times, the Mets and the San Francisco Giants are on the verge of completing a trade that will send Carlos Beltran and cash to the Giants in exchange for a top prospect who is likely to be Zack Wheeler, a right-handed pitcher taken in the first round of the 2009 draft.
The Mets get the 6-foot-3 Wheeler, 21, is in his second season of minor league ball. He is 7-5 this season with a 3.99 earned run average for the Class A San Jose Giants.
In recent days, teammates of Beltran and staff members of the Mets had become increasingly convinced that San Francisco would be Beltran’s destination, at least in part because he seemed very open to playing there. And where Beltran wanted to play was important because he had a full no-trade clause in his contract and thus had the right to veto any deal he did not like.
Although news of the pending deal emerged only Wednesday afternoon, Beltran might have had advance knowledge that a trade was close. On Tuesday night, after the Mets defeated Cincinnati, 8-6, he took out a number of teammates in what amounted to a farewell dinner. Even Jeff Wilpon was in town, maybe he was at the event as well.
His departure leaves a gaping hole in the Mets’ outfield, which now consists of Angel Pagan, who is struggling this year with a .239 average, and Jason Bay, whose struggles are even worse. Bay is batting .227 with little of the power that he used to display.
As for Wheeler, the very fact that the Giants selected him in the first round amounts to a ringing endorsement. Tim Lincecum, the team’s ace and a Cy Young award winner, was taken in the first round of the 2006 draft. Matt Cain, the Giants’ No. 2 starter, was taken in the first round of the 2002 draft. And Madison Bumgarner, another starter in the Giants’ standout rotation, was taken in the first round of the 2007 draft.
Apparently the Mets preferred to get Wheeler from the Giants (#2 Prospect), instead of getting a quantity of players (prospects) from the Texas Rangers. The Mets turned what they had on the table with the Rangers and used it as leverage against the Giants.. The Giants needed a big bat and they got one.
The Mets should make it official some time in the next 24 HRS..
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