According to sources a deal is in place to trade Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants.
Carlos Beltran is scheduled to fly from Cincinnati to Philadelphia on Wednesday night to join the San Francisco Giants, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney. A New York Mets spokesman told ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin that Beltran collected his belongings and left Great American Ball Park on Wednesday night.
The Associated Press later reported the two teams agreed to a trade and were seeking Beltran’s permission to complete the deal, saying the Mets had contacted the commissioner’s office for a 24-hour window to negotiate with Beltran to waive his no-trade clause. With Beltran set to join the Giants in Philadelphia, that no longer appears to be an obstacle.
As part of a package for Beltran, the Giants would include pitcher Zack Wheeler. To complete the deal, the Mets will pick up $4 million of the $6.5 million that Beltran has left on his contract.
When Beltran signed his seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets in January 2005, it included a complete no-trade clause that requires him to give permission before the Mets deal him.
Though Beltran’s teammates knew this trade was coming they were still sad to see him go. ”You lose a guy like that in July, it’s big, it’s huge,” Jose Reyes said. “We’ve got to continue to play with what we’ve got. It’s not easy to replace that kind of player. It’s going to be tough.” Beltran was an all-star and definitely will be missed by the organization. He originally expressed a desire to stay within the National League, but soon changed his mind saying he wanted to be traded to a championship contending team. His wish was granted as he now joins the World Series defending champions the San Francisco Giants.
Information from ESPN The Magazine’s Tim Kurkjian, ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin and The Associated Press was used FULL STORY HERE.