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After seven missed games Giants finally put Carlos Beltran on DL, activate Miguel Tejada

Aug 16, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

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Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since August 7 because of a wrist injury, missing seven games while taking up a spot on the active roster, but according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News the Giants have finally decided to place him on the disabled list.

And to replace Beltran on the roster the Giants have activated Miguel Tejada from the DL, bringing him back without a minor-league rehab assignment for his abdominal strain despite the 37-year-old last playing on July 18.

Because the Beltran move is backdated to his last action he’ll be eligible to return in a week, but the decision to give up top prospect Zack Wheeler to get him from the Mets for what could have been at most 57 games is looking iffier and iffier.

  1. Graves - Aug 16, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    That sucks, it looked like the right move to put ’em over the top at the time.

    • mordecofe - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      I hope you’re kidding. trading for an aging, injury-prone RF (as he can’t play CF anymore) for 1/3 of a season, for a top prospect, absolutely did not look like the right move at the time, and looks even worse now.

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:11 PM

        Good thing for Giants Fans. They had a World Series title last year, and it probably restarts Sabians welcome

      • Graves - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM

        I’m not saying it was a smart move, I’m saying it was the right move.

        They needed offense and he was hitting .289/.391/.513 when he got traded, that certainly seemed like the right move to put ’em over the top. It was a move for 2011, not a move for 2013.

        Is it ever smart to trade top prospects for short-term rentals? Probably not, but if it’s enough to get your club back to the World Series–which is the ultimate goal of the game–then it’s gotta be the right move…if/when it works.

  2. sportsdrenched - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    It just hit me. The Mets probably got more for a damaged aged Beltran, than the Royals got for a “in his prime” Beltran. #facepalm

    • randall351 - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Are you telling me you forgot about the amazing John Buck?

      • sportsdrenched - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:52 PM

        John Buck, All-Star
        Mark Teahan, not an All-Star

  3. phillyphever - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Kind of wished the Phillies would do the same thing with Polanco already.

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      From the Hamels thread:

  4. rhandome - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Wheeler’s upside is a #1 or 2 starter, yes. However, there are serious concerns about his delivery, which could make him a high injury risk. And if there’s one thing Sabean deserves credit for, it’s evaluating pitching. I think most Giants fans will be fine with the move even if Beltran never plays another game in a SF uniform.

    The Giants were in a very odd position a couple weeks ago. They led the division despite having truly atrocious hitting. If any team ever needed a bat, it was the 2011 Giants at the trade deadline. And they got the best available bat. It was absolutely the right move and I’d have been furious if Sabes didn’t make it.

    • FC - Aug 16, 2011 at 5:53 PM

      OTOH The Mets were set to gain absolutely nothing when Beltran walked in the Off-season. Heck he might still sign with them again. It’s not like they needed Beltran for the rest of 2011. If Beltran ends up signing with the Mets again for 2012 this ends up as the purest form of Baseball Rental you can get. +1 Alderson.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:26 PM

      Wasnt the overrated hunter pence available when the Giants traded for Beltran? Oh wait, you are saying Beltran was still the “best bat available”? Lol

      • Mark - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

        One of the above names hit 289/391/513 before he was traded, and the other hit 308/356/471.

        I just want to clarify your point, that the 827 OPS bat was the better of the two available bats over the 904 OPS bat.

  5. dcburden - Aug 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Now you’re judging decisions based on results? I’d grown to expect more from you, Aaron.

    I can understand having a negative view of the trade at the time, but to suggest it looks worse because Beltran got hurt? Will it look like a better decision if Wheeler gets hit by a bus?

  6. yournuts - Aug 17, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    I thought when Beltran left the Mets for the Giants a change of scenerywould be good for him, but I see he staying in the same place, the disabled list.

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