Showing posts with label Trade Official. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trade Official. Show all posts

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Alderson makes it official, Beltran and Cash to Giants For Pitching Prospect Zach Wheeler


The Mets officially announced Thursday morning that they had traded right fielder Carlos Beltran, along with cash, to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler, a right-handed minor league pitcher.

In a conference call Thursday afternoon, General Manager Sandy Alderson provided insight into the deal, which in the short term will hinder the Mets’ chances for a playoff berth.

In the long term, however, the deal brightens the Mets’ future with a highly regarded prospect described by Alderson as a “high end talent” with “top end potential.”

Though he declined to reveal the specifics of his negotiations with other teams, Alderson said talks heated up Monday with a number of clubs. The Giants came to the Mets with an offer Tuesday that they were pleased to accept.

“We were looking for big upside,” Alderson said. “We could have gotten a package of three players, from a number of clubs, but the overall potential of those players would not have equaled Zack’s potential. In that way, we sacrificed a little bit of diversification for top-end potential.”

Though he declined to reveal the specifics of his negotiations with other teams, Alderson said talks heated up Monday with a number of clubs. The Giants came to the Mets with an offer Tuesday that they were pleased to accept.

“We were looking for big upside,” Alderson said. “We could have gotten a package of three players, from a number of clubs, but the overall potential of those players would not have equaled Zack’s potential. In that way, we sacrificed a little bit of diversification for top-end potential.”

Alderson also addressed to an extent the notion that Beltran, despite interest from teams like the Texas Rangers and the Boston Red Sox, would have refused to switch to the American League. Beltran had a no-trade clause in his contract.

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