MLB Trade Deadline: Mets and Giants Have Deal in Place for Carlos Beltran

Scott ResnickCorrespondent IIJuly 27, 2011

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 26: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets singles to drive in a run in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 26, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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According to multiple league sources, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants have agreed in principle to a trade that will send Carlos Beltran to the NL West leading Giants.  

In return, the Mets will receive Zack Wheeler, the former 6th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft and top pitching prospect in the Giants' farm system. 

Beltran, who holds a no-trade clause, has 24 hours to approve the deal. However, he's already stated that he'd waive the clause for a trade to the Giants. 

It's also been rumored that the Mets will be paying $4 million of Beltran's $6 million remaining on his contract for 2011 in order to acquire Wheeler in the deal. 

In 16 games for Single-A San Jose, the right-handed Wheeler has posted a 7-5 record to go along with a 3.99 ERA. 

Beltran, who's in the midst of a career year, has 15 home runs and 66 RBI's while boasting a .289 batting average.

He's also appeared in 98 of the Mets' 103 games, erasing all doubts about his durability coming off of knee surgery. 

Beltran will be a free agent at season's end.