By Tim Heaney on July 27, 2011
The San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets have reached an agreement on a trade that will send OF Carlos Beltran to the Giants, but Beltran now has 24 hours to accept, which he is expected to do. The Mets will pick up a good chunk of the $6 million left on Beltran's deal. The deal is believed to be centered around SP Zack Wheeler.
When this goes through, Beltran won't see a big change in value. He'll play in another pitcher-friendly park. He'll miss having Jose Reyes hitting in front of him and David Wright batting behind him, but Beltran has regained the thump in his bat that makes him a threat in any stadium or lineup.
Though Jason Pridie and Willie Harris could also be involved in the Mets' new OF opening, Lucas Duda becomes an intriguing outfield gamble for deep mixed leagues; his power could play nicely with regular reps. Maybe Fernando Martinez will eventually see time there when he's ready.
The Giants will now have a logjam between Nate Schierholtz, Brandon Belt and Cody Ross, with Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand also in tow. There'll probably be cuts from this group, though, most likely the latter two.
Wheeler, meanwhile, joins an already promising group of Mets pitching prospects. He has a heavy fastball and attractive K ability, but he needs to refine his command as he climbs the minor league ladder. Still, dynasty leaguers should have him tucked away; he'll see the bigs within a few seasons.