Mets trade Beltran to the Giants
Everybody knew this day was coming.. with the Mets struggling for bucks after the Madoff Ponzi scandal; they could not afford to keep Beltran. Fortunately, Beltran was able to make the final decision in the trade, so he was prepared and content with his new home. The Mets even had a nice Tuesday night dinner at a steakhouse in Cincinnati (quotes below), with the trade looming on the horizon. The Mets gave up a little cash, and got a pitching prospect in the trade. The Mets acquired Zachary Wheeler, who is 7-5, with a 3.99 ERA in the Giants high Class-A affiliate in San Jose. The Giants selected Wheeler as the #6 pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. Carlos Beltran, NY loves u! Come back!
“When you’re defending world champions, you do have to try to defend that title any way you can,” Giants GM Brian Sabean said. “We’re in first place. Hopefully we show we mean business. … Simply put, we’re thrilled with bringing Carlos on board. We really felt the organization needed a shot in the arm and more so our lineup.”
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he has “a perfect pitcher’s build. … Some people would say there are some command issues, but it’s not unusual for a power pitcher early in his career.” – espn
“We were joking with him: ‘You’re doing this dinner because you’re going to get traded,'” Mets SS Jose Reyes said.
“No, no, no,” Beltran replied. – espn