The San Francisco Giants made a significant move at the July trade deadline when they acquired Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets for top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. The trade was both lauded and derided at the same time by many professional baseball analysts and fans alike.
Most felt that as the reigning World Series Champs with a stagnant offense the Giants had to give up a piece of the future in order to take advantage of their current position to defend their title. Major injuries to Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez had stymied an already challenged offense but their great pitching still had them in the position to win the NL West and play bonus baseball come October.
Some felt that as a true rental, Beltran was in no way worth giving up a player with the potential of Zack Wheeler for the realistically minute chance that he would be the player who pushed the team over the edge to be able to coast through the post season and raise the World Series trophy once again.
While I believe that both are valid arguments, I side with the first opinion. I believe that if you have an obvious strength as a team and you have a glaring weakness as a team and you can improve on that weakness by giving up a small part of your strength, it is a move that absolutely has to be made.
Here are the five reasons that I believe the San Francisco Giants will not regret trading Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran.