Outfielder Carlos Beltran was traded from the New York Mets to the World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants.
New York’s prize in the swap is pitching prospect Zachary Wheeler, who is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts for San Francisco’s high Class-A affiliate in San Jose. The Giants selected Wheeler with the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft.
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.”
Alderson indicated he preferred one top-notch prospect from the Giants over offers from other organizations of lesser three-prospect packages.
“We were looking for big upside,” Alderson said. “We could have gotten a package of three players from a number of clubs.”
The 34-year-old Beltran leads the National League with 30 doubles and is batting .289 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs.He makes his debut tonight in Cincinnati against the Reds.