After talking with the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers among other team, the New York Mets have traded All Star OF Carlos Beltran to the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants. In return the Mets will receive highly touted pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
Beltran and agent Scott Boras have 24 hours to approve the trade, something that is seen as a formality.
General Manager Sandy Alderson had reportedly broken off talks with the Giants last week when they refused to include Wheeler in the deal. As other teams started to make a strong push for Beltran, San Francisco GM Brian Sabean increased his offer to include the 21-year-old right hander.
The Mets will also send cash to the Giants to help cover the Beltran's contract for the rest of the season.
If you'll remember, two weeks ago San Francisco closer Brian Wilson said that the Giants were in talks to acquire Beltran, before saying he simply "heard a rumor". Clearly the bearded one was onto something.
Lucas Duda is expected to get most of the playing time in right field with Beltran off to California.