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Officially official: Giants and Mets complete Carlos Beltran deal

Jul 28, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran has signed off on the move to San Francisco, so the trade sending him from the Mets to the Giants for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is now official. There’s a press release and everything.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave Beltran a proper sendoff, saying:

We thank Carlos for all he has done for this organization–both on and off the field–and wish him well. It has been a pleasure for me personally to know and be able to work with Carlos. He has been the consummate professional.

Beltran is expected to be the Giants’ starting right fielder, with the Mets paying about $4 million of the $6 million remaining on his contract, choosing a consensus top-50 prospect in Wheeler over multiple lesser prospects or salary relief in what is a very shrewd move for Alderson given the circumstances.

Wheeler is a very high price to pay for two months of Beltran, but the switch-hitter will provide a huge boost to the Giants’ struggling lineup after hitting .289 with 15 homers, a league-leading 30 doubles, and a .904 OPS in 98 games for the Mets. Not only does San Francisco rank second-worst in the league in runs overall, since Buster Posey‘s ankle injury on May 25 the Giants have hit just .236 with an average of 3.5 runs per game.

  1. sdelmonte - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Beltran also now has the odd distinction of spending the better part of a week in Cincy, where he played two games with the Mets and will then play this weekend with the Giants.

  2. rotisguru - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I don’t find the price that high. When you already have Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner and Sanchez as well as a fairly stocked system, you take chances to win now when they present themselves. I’ve also heard from a reliable scout that Wheeler’s mechanics present the inverted W and therefore he’s a potential Tommy John guy down the road.

  3. TheBlindUmp - Jul 29, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Let’s see, we just took 2 out of 3 with the Phils with the second best rotation in baseball! We replace Freddie, add Beltran, have the best bullpen in the MLB and…according the the brain trusts here, we’re not even mentioned in the same breath as the “elite” teams…just sayin!

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