Giants Could Land Beltran. But For Who?

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Posted Jul 27, 2011

The Giants are close to acquiring Carlos Beltran from the Mets. But it's unclear if the Giants are dealing top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler or top outfield prospect Gary Brown. (UPDATE: It's official. Wheeler to the Mets, Beltran to the Giants.)

According to multiple reports, the Giants are about to acquire the rental services of Carlos Beltran from the New York Mets. What's unclear is whether the deal will be for Gary Brown or Zack Wheeler. The two prospects, both currently at San Jose, cracked Baseball America's mid-season top 50 list. Brown ranked 33rd. Wheeler ranked 35th.

(UPDATE: The Giants announced the trade earlier this morning.)

The pending move shows GM Brian Sabean is serious about landing an elite bat to plug the offensive hole left by Buster Posey's injury. Both Brown and Wheeler have upside, but Beltran gives the Giants an offensive shot in the arm for this year's playoff push.

When you look at Beltran, you see a player that -- when healthy -- is still near the top of his game. Beltran's currently hitting .289/.391/.513 for the Mets with 66 RBI and 61 runs scored. He's sporting a balanced 60/61 K/BB ratio. Beltran's no longer a threat to steal 20 bases (with only 3 SB on the year), but he's an extra base threat with 30 doubles to go along with 15 home runs.

The player going to the Mets for Beltran at this point appears to be Zack Wheeler. A first-rounder for the Giants in 2009, he's the Giants top pitching prospect. The 21-year-old is currently in San Jose where he's shown little improvement from his first year in Augusta. On the year, he has a 3.99 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 88 innings. While the strikeouts stand out, he's going to have to gain control of his stuff: a 5.8 BB/9 in Augusta in 2010 has improved slightly to 4.8 BB/9 in San Jose. Still, make no mistake, Wheeler's upside remains lofty.

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