Carlos Beltran to Giants?

According to various sources, Carlos Beltran has been traded to the San Francisco Giants in return for a top prospect that may or may not be pitcher Zach Wheeler.

More to come as information becomes available (and official).

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  1. MikeT July 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    Only problem with this deal: what do that Giants know that the Mets don’t such that they suddenly are okay with trading Wheeler?

    Still, a top pitching prospect for Beltran is a huge win.

    • Joe Janish July 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm
      Mike, I fear that my constant pessimism and negativity has rubbed off on you.
      • miranda July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm
        Wheeler will come to the Mets and stink or get hurt. They all do it. It is par for the course at this point. I feel bad for the guys that go from a contending team to a rebuilding team. Beltran will probably be an MVP once he is gone.

        I wish Carlos the best. It’s been interesting…

      • MikeT July 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm
        More just knowing the Giants *never* make trades, especially young top tier pitching prospects. Makes me raise an eyebrow is all.
        • miranda July 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm
          I would love to see the return of solid pitching. They some more confident pitchers who can play well in NY and on the road. It’s a lot to ask, but a girl can dream.
  2. Jimmy Prinzler July 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm
    Joe, this trade is perfect for both teams, IMO. SF is stocked with great SP this year and Beltran will help SF bat. As for Mets, we all know Mets wont re-sign for 7-10M a year. Look at our future SP, Harvey, Familia and Wheeler. I am not sure about Holt and I have my own doubts for Holt and Meija. Meija is on DL with TJ so I am uncertain about Meija’s future tho.Honestly can’t wait to see those young guns to play for Mets in future. Now C-Belt is gone to West Coast, who do you think Mets should call up for RF? 3 OFs from Buffalo are hurting, F-Mart, Cpt Kirk and Buddy Bell. I do not want Jesus Felicanco or Botts. Your thoughts? Joe about who should Mets call up for RF?
    • Joe Janish July 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm
      Jimmy, I would like to see Nick Evans and Lucas Duda split time in RF and get regular at-bats from now through the rest of the year. I always liked Jason Botts but he’s not doing anything special in Buffalo so no need to see him – agreed on him and Feliciano.
  3. Timo July 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    The Beltran deal to SF is awesome. Mike T, I wouldn’t read into the problems with Wheeler. Teams try to hold out as long as possible. They ended up giving up something they didn’t want but needed to. Win-Win for SF & Mets.
    Jimmy P — Mike Baxter will probably be called up. They just picked him up off waivers from San Diego.
    I’m interested on how these guys too. Go Youth movement!
  4. This Justin July 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    As per Jon Heyman’s twitter feed, trade of Beltran for Wheeler approved by both teams, Beltran has 24 hours to accept trade.

    Wheeler was a 1st round pick by Giants in 09′, 6th overall. I don’t know mujch about him, but if this is true, sounds like a great haul for Mets. Instantly becomes our best prospect.

    • Jimmy Prinzler July 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm
      Justin, Wheeler’s stats at Class A Adv, 88 IP 74H 47BB 98K with .224 BAA. You can youtube Wheeler and he got a NASTY sinker!! He will fool alot of hitters.
  5. SiddFinch July 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    Wasn’t 100% for moving Beltran but gettin’ Wheeler in return??? Great move by Alderson, so much for the “experts’ and their assertion the Mets would have to settle for B grade or lower prospects. I like the potential look of the rotation headin’ into spring training ’13. The Mets will finally be returning to their roots of strong, young stud starting pitchers. In some ways now, if Meija ever comes through it will be more of a bonus instead of crucial necessity.
    • Jimmy Prinzler July 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm
      SiddFinch, By 2013, Mets SP rotation will look way AWESOME than 2013 Phillies SP rotation.
    • MikeT July 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm
      At this point Mejia is best thought of as a future reliever. Given his arm trouble, concerning mechanics, and limited plus pitches, the pen is his future in my opinion.

      Harvey is a solid 2 with a possibility of being an Ace for a few years. He’s no Halladay, but he strikes out quite a few so he has great potential.

      Wheeler/Harvey/Familia in 2013 is a possibility.

  6. dave g July 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    This is a definitley a nice surprise, Wheeler is a nice prospect, and it should be fun watching to see how he matches up with Harvey and Familia.

    Well played Sandy, well played.

  7. Mike B July 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm
    Beltran will stick it the mets one last time, he wont allow the trade and will leave next year after the mets offer him 7 million a year. He will go to the yanks for 6.
  8. wohjr July 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    Adios to Carlos– I’ll never forget the 8-7 game he won for the metsies back in ’06, overcoming pujols 7 rbi walkin off at shea. Probably most exciting game I’ve even seen in person.
  9. izzy July 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    hard to be happy when your team officially waves a white flag. and getting excited about an A ball guy!!!! For real?. lots of kids get hur tor don’t make it. don’t celebrate too soon…..REMEMBER GENERATION K!!!!!!!!
    Reember TIM LEARY!!!!!!
    • Joe Janish July 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm
      Clearly no one served you a cup of Kool-Aid
  10. gary s. July 27, 2011 at 6:33 pm
    The mets did the right thing to try and build a winner for the future by moving beltran.Nobody on this blog has ever seen wheeler pitch and didn’t know he existed 2 weeks ago and they are saying he will be a stud in 2012-2013.It’s all rather laughable.If this guy’s arm goes bad, i can’t wait for the same posters to kill Alderson for making the deal.3 year projections are strictly guesswork.Let’s not put Wheeler in Cooperstown yet.
  11. Kevin July 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm
    Moving Beltran was absolutely the right thing to do. We are talking about a team that is in THIRD place and is 7 out of the WC. Alderson is building for the future and landing a high-end pitching prospect in exchange for a veteran with an expiring contract is an excellent start.
  12. Mic July 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    A 21 yr old potential starter for a future hall of famer…hmmm…is that even?
  13. Walnutz15 July 28, 2011 at 7:50 am
    As one of the most skeptical Met fans you could ever find, personally – I couldn’t give the Beltran deal anything else but a great, big A.

    If you had told me before the season that we’d get a premium prospect (let alone San Fran’s best pitching prospect; and #35 in all of baseball, according to the mid-season prospect rankings) for Beltran – I probably would have chuckled.

    This was the best case scenario for the Mets. Beltran played to All-Star status this year – after looking shaky to start ST….he now goes to the defending World Series champions to see if he can get his own ring.

    Tip o’ the cap to Alderson for waiting this out and grabbing a very nice arm in Wheeler.