The New York Mets have worked out a deal on Wednesday to send RF Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for 21-year old pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and cash considerations. Rumors surfaced all throughout the afternoon as to who the Mets were going to get in return for the two-month rental. Originally, outfielder Gary Brown was speculated as the centerpiece of the deal but later discovered otherwise. The San Francisco Giants are said to have picked up about $2 million of the $6 million left on his contract. Below are Zack Wheeler’s stats for the 2011 season.
As you can see, Wheeler has an enormous strikeout rate at a 10.02 K/9. His walk rates, however, for a guy at the Class A level is less than stellar, walking almost five batters per nine innings. The best thing Mets fans could hope for is that with further seasoning he can work on mitigating his control issues.
In my opinion, Sandy Alderson did a terrific job with this deal. It is a win regardless of how Zack Wheeler develops, but it’d be nice to see him turn into a top-of-the-rotation starter. The trade isn’t official until Thursday afternoon, due to the 24-hour window Carlos Beltran has to decline a team with his no-trade clause. However, the trade is basically official as Beltran has said he would accept a move to the Giants, who are en route to the playoffs.
How do you feel about this trade? Should the Mets have gone after Gary Brown instead?