Giants Trade Rumors: Giants Frontrunners in Carlos Beltran Sweepstakes
The San Francisco Giants have been likely suitors for New York Mets star Carlos Beltran ever since the six-time All-Star said he would waive his no-trade clause to play for the club.
Leading up to the July 31 trade deadline, the Giants are still seen as frontrunners to land the prized outfielder.
In fact, they may be the frontrunner.
Tweeted Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports today:
Giants remain favorites in Beltran sweepstakes, with Texas coming hard. One name I'm hearing: Francisco Peguero, a CF in Double-A for SF.
The fact it could be Peguero who the Giants are giving up makes this deal even more likely.
There has been a lot of speculation that the Mets might want Giants top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler, given they've been said to want a top prospect in exchange for Beltran.
However, given the Giants' strategy of building around pitching, it seemed highly unlikely that they would deal Wheeler.
But the Mets also said that they would be willing to pay the rest of Beltran's salary if they got a top prospect. That doesn't mean they wouldn't trade for a lesser prospect if a team took on Beltran's salary.
The Giants have been rumored to be willing to take on the rest of Beltran's contract, so this actually makes a lot of sense.
After hitting .324 for Single-A San Jose this season, Peguero was moved up to Double-A Richmond, where he's been hitting .269. He can flat out fly, with 40 stolen bases last season in Class-A ball. While he's not the top prospect in the Giants' organization, the Dominican Republic native is certainly one of their top prospects.
Another thing that should be noted is Beltran has some deal of control as to where he's traded. He can't be traded to a team unless he approves the deal, given the no-trade clause in his contract. The Giants and Boston Red Sox are the only teams he's publicly announced he would join.
While trading Wheeler for a two-month rental may have been too much for the Giants, trading Peguero would help both teams, and you'd have to think the Giants would jump at the chance.
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