Report: Mets Close to Trading Carlos Beltran to Giants

by NESN Staff

July 27, 2011

Finally, the Carlos Beltran rumors can cease and desist, if an ESPN report is accurate.

The Mets and Giants are "at the one-yard-line" in a deal that would send Beltran to San Francisco, ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted Wednesday afternoon. It appears to be a win-win for the Giants, who want to win now, and the Mets, who need to retool their pitching rotation for the future.

"This will be a tremendous addition for the Giants: Beltran gives them the middle-of-the-order RBI bat they lost when [Buster] Posey got hurt," Olney reports.

Pitcher Zach Wheeler, a 21-year-old right-hander who was the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft, appears to be the centerpiece of a package the Mets would receive in return.

Wheeler was rated as the No. 55 prospect in all of baseball prior to the season by Baseball America.

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