The New York Mets have finalized a deal Thursday morning to send outfielder Carlos Beltran to San Francisco in return for some prospects. Just before their game Wednesday night, Beltran announced to his teammates that he would be leaving to join the Giants in Philadelphia. More after the jump.
Beltran had the option to block any trade, as he is a 14 year veteran and has spent his past seven seasons with the Mets, giving him “10-and-5″ rights. He had made it clear that he would accept any trade to a contender, and he has done just that. As part of the deal, the Mets will recieve pitcher Zack Wheeler, who is considered the Giants’ top pitching prospect. Wheeler is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts for the San Jose Giants, their high Class-A affiliate. The Giants selected Wheeler with the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Beltran will give the Giants a well needed lift in their offense. The Giants rank 15th in runs, 13th in hits, 13th in homeruns, 15th in RBIs and 13th in batting average in the National League.