Carlos Beltran Trade: Great, but 4 Issues Still Linger for Giants

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Carlos Beltran Trade: Great, but 4 Issues Still Linger for Giants
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Sabean has given Bochy a new offensive asset; is it enough?

Numerous media sources, including csnbayarea.com, are reporting that the Giants and New York Mets have agreed in principle to a deal that would bring Carlos Beltran to San Francisco.

The price for renting Beltran for the rest of 2011 reportedly is prized pitching prospect Zach (not Zack) Wheeler, chosen sixth by the Giants in the 2009 amateur draft. 

Acquiring Beltran is being hailed in some quarters as a coup for the Giants, whose offense has scuffled all season. 

CSN Bay Area insider and columnist Ray Ratto, today called the deal a "feather in Brian Sabean's cap." For those who know Ratto's cynical outlook on most things, that's high praise for a GM who's taken his share of bashing from media and others over previous player personnel moves.

Assuming it is a done deal—and, as Al Gore knows, it's best to wait for official confirmation—the Giants offense benefits.  

I recently questioned the legitimacy of Beltran-to-San Francisco rumors; looks like I was wrong.

Could be wrong about this, too, but I'm unconvinced that adding Beltran will be enough for the Giants to make a serious run at a repeat.

Here are four other issues that need to be sorted out.  

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