The San Francisco Giants appear to have won the Carlos Beltran sweepstakes. Several major media sources have indicated that the trade of Beltran to the Giants is imminent and will be completed on Thursday.
Assuming this is true, we can first thank the Giant fans for making this trade a reality. The Giants have sold out every home game this year which has given the team money to spend.
All signs indicate that the Giants have sealed the deal. In addition to Zack Wheeler being sent to New York, the Giants will pay $2 million to cover a portion of the remaining amount of Beltran's 2011 salary, which is roughly $6 million. There were many other organizations looking to make a deal with the Mets, including Philadelphia, Atlanta and Texas.
General Manager Brian Sabean got ownership buy in to increase the payroll and the sellout crowds and enthusiasm at AT&T Park sure helped. Not all of the other teams looking to acquire Beltran were willing to give up prospect and pay a part of Beltran's contract. This factor weighed heavily in the Giants' favor.
Is this a good trade for the Giants?
I believe it is. Let's examine five key reasons why this was a great move for the Giants.