Carlos Beltran joins San Francisco; Mets outfielder accepts trade to Giants
Beltran, who has a no-trade clause, reportedly accepted a trade to San Francisco shortly before the Mets 8-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night. He informed his Mets teammates of his decision to join the Giants, who are set to play in Philadelphia Thursday.
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July 28, 2011 10:39 am EDT
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All-Star outfielder Carlos Beltran finally put to rest speculations about his future with the Mets by reportedly removing the stumbling block in the trade that would send him to the San Francisco Giants.
According to ESPN.com, Beltran, who has a no-trade clause, accepted a trade to San Francisco shortly before the Mets Wednesday’s night tilt against the Cincinnati Reds.
Beltran, 34, in the final year of a seven-year, $119 million contract with the Mets, arrived at the clubhouse and told his teammates that he would join the Giants in Philadelphia, ESPN.com reported.
Beltran, recognized with five of his six All-Star selections while with the Mets, did not play Wednesday, but the Mets made a fitting sendoff to their popular outfielder with an 8-2 triumph, their third straight in the current four-game series with the Reds.
The Mets signed the then-free agent Beltran to a seven-year package after he registered a phenomenal 2004 postseason that saw him blasting eight home runs and bat .435 in 12 games with the Houston Astros, his second MLB team.
The arrival of Beltran, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner and recipient of the Silver Slugger twice while with the Mets, is expected to bolster the offense of Giants who have been scuffling all season.
San Francisco entered Wednesday second to last in the National League in runs, despite being in the top spot in West Division.
After missing over half of the Mets’ games in 2009-10, Beltran has appeared in 98 contests this year, and is batting .289 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI in 2011.
Meanwhile, San Francisco had reportedly agreed to send right-handed pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to the Mets in exchange of Beltran.
Wheeler, 21, who was the Giants’ first round selection in the 2009 draft, is 7-5, with a 3.99 ERA for Single-A San Jose this year. He has struck out 98 batters and issued 47 walks in 88 innings pitched.
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