Carlos Beltran’s fate has been decided. The 34-year-old six-time All-Star will be joining the San Francisco Giants as part of a trade executed Wednesday night.
Beltran is currently en route from Cincinnati to Philadelphia to join the Giants after waiving his no-trade clause to make the deal happen.
The Giants shocked some when it was revealed they would include top prospect Zack Wheeler in the deal, especially considering that Beltran will be a free agent this winter.. Wheeler is considered one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. He was the No. 6 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. The 6’3, 190-pound right hander out of Georgia has a great fastball (95 mph) and a great curve.
Wheeler is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts with Class-A San Jose. He was listed as the No. 55 prospect in baseball by Baseball America and No. 36 by Keith Law entering the 2011 season. Wheeler is projected to be at the Major League level by 2013.
The Mets will reportedly pick up $4 million of the $6.5 million left on Beltran’s contract.
The Giants rank 15th in the National League with 371 runs scored and could use the offensive clout that Beltran could bring. Beltran is having a good year, he currently boasts a .289 average with 15 home runs, 66 RBI and a National League-leading 30 doubles.