The Texas Rangers had ramped up their pursuit of Carlos Beltran in recent weeks as the MLB trade deadline was fast approaching. As late as Tuesday the Rangers were considered the favorite to land Beltran by offering a package of more prospects than any other team.
Then the San Francisco Giants decided to part with their top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler and Beltran was on his way to the Bay Area. The deal works out for the Giants as they get an All-Star outfielder who is batting .291 while hitting 15 home runs, 30 doubles and driving in 64 runs. The Mets also get the top tier pitching prospect they desired greatly.
A win-win right? Try win-win-win.
Despite not landing the biggest name on the market, the Texas Rangers are also big winners with this deal. The Rangers will not miss Carlos Beltran the rest of this season nor will they regret trading the prospects they reportedly would have dealt.