The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets reached an agreement Wednesday on a deal that would send outfielder Carlos Beltran to the Giants in exchange for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and financial considerations as reported by ESPNNewYork.com.
Beltran, who signed with the New York Mets in January 2005, had a no-trade clause built into his seven-year $119 million contract. There has been speculation ever since rumors surfaced that the six-time all-star was on the trading block, as to which teams he would waive his no-trade clause for.
The Giants were always believed to be apart of a select few teams that Beltran would agree to be traded to and ESPNNewYork.com confirmed this morning that Beltran has agreed to be a Giant.
ESPNNewYork.com baseball writer Ian O'Conner added some details to this trade, which is expected to me made official by Major League Baseball later today.
To make this deal work, Mets GM Sandy Alderson had to reportedly pay $4 million of Beltran's remaining contract. The Giants will pay Beltran $6.5 million for his services for the next 2-3 months of the season and if he doesn't re-sign with the Giants this offseason, they will not receive any compensatory draft picks.
Beltran is expected to suit up and make his first start with the Giants against the Philadelphia Phillies later today. He is expected to play right field and hit third in the lineup.
When the two-time NL Silver Slugger joins the Giants, he will lead the team in every major offensive statistic except for batting average; second only to Pablo Sandoval.
With San Francisco among the bottom five in the league in batting average (.241), on base percentage (.306), runs (373), hits (849), total bases and just three games ahead of the heavy hitting Arizona Diamondbacks, the Giants will be ecstatic to have Beltran's services.