In the past week, Carlos Beltran's name has been hot on the trade rumor market just like he was seven years ago when he left Kansas City. People all around baseball are wondering where this big name player could end up.
Beltran has obviously aged some but in his first full healthy first half since 2008 his value is as high as its ever been.
In the first half of 2011 Beltran had outstanding numbers with a very respectable batting average of .285 with 13 home runs all the while driving in almost 60 runs. Can't forget that he leads the league in doubles with 28.
Reports, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the Mets are going to hold on to Beltran until the right suitor comes along. They believe a team in need for offense will give up a top prospect for Beltran's services.
Out of all the teams named above, the Giants seem to be the hot name right now thanks to closer Brian Wilson's pitch for Beltran at the All-Star game festivities.
Now the question is, do the Giants have what the Mets are looking for in their farm system?
Absolutely they do. Brandon Belt and Zack Wheeler are two of the top prospects in their system. But the question is are the Giants going to be willing to move them and the answer to that is no.
Belt is a big outfielder with lots of power. In just two years he has flown through the minor leagues and clobbered any pitcher who stands in his way.
This season in 38 games in AAA, he has posted a .320 average with six long balls and almost 30 RBI.
Now, Zack Wheeler is still a few years away from the MLB, but he has posted some pretty impressive numbers in A and A+ ball. In 14 starts he has six wins with an ERA well under 4.00 and a very impressive 10.3 K/9IP.
Even though the Giants are going to be unwilling to unload Wheeler and Belt, that doesn't mean they don't have the prospects to still pull this deal off.
The only way the deal will work is if the Giants will absorb over 50 percent of Beltran's contract from the Mets.
With the fanapalooza going on in the Bay Area, the Giants have the money to spend. The more the Giants absorb, the lower quality prospect they will be able to give up.
According to Tim Kawakami of the Silicon Valley Mercury News, outfielder Gary Brown could be the guy the Giants ship for Beltran.
He's a borderline call in my opinion because of future needs in the outfield, but the Giants might be looking to the present when it comes to Brown and Beltran.