Giants to give up Zack Wheeler for Carlos Beltran: A fan’s reaction

According to numerous reports, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants have agreed to a deal involving right fielder Carlos Beltran(notes) and pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

It is reported that Beltran and money will go to the Giants for Wheeler. Things might not be finalized yet, but the Mets outfielder has a no-trade clause, so the deal could be stopped. Nonetheless, the trade is expected to go through and would be revealed sometime soon. In that scenario, the Giants are getting the extra bat that they need to stay competitive in the National League West and make a charge to the postseason, but is it enough?

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks regarding Beltran and various teams. At one point, analysts thought the Giants were out of the running for the All-Star outfielder. Obviously, this news makes all of that talk moot now. Carlos Beltran currently sports a .289 average, 16 home runs, and 66 RBIs, with a .904 OPS. Those numbers are easily above just about everyone on San Francisco's roster. Currently, only Pablo Sandoval(notes) and Nate Schierholtz(notes) are really producing for the team with some players stepping up on a game-by-game basis.

The Giants currently lead the NL West by a few games over the second-place Diamondbacks. With a lead for most of the season, people are not really questioning the team's ability to win its division. The true challenge is staying strong down the stretch and competing well in the postseason. Beltran adds a lot of power to the offense, so the team is doing exactly what it needs to before the deadline. Of course, catcher and shortstop are still a question mark for San Francisco, but it is not clear if a trade will be made for either position.

Sure, giving up Zack Wheeler is a pretty big sacrifice for the Giants, but the team's starting rotation looks pretty good for the future. Tim Lincecum(notes) and Matt Cain(notes) would be strong pitchers for any team. Madison Bumgarner(notes) has been effective this season minus a few blemishes and a lack of run support from the offense. Also, Ryan Vogelsong(notes) would be another great arm if the Giants choose to keep him in San Francisco. Zito, Sanchez, or whoever gets the final spot will be a fine choice.

In the end, San Francisco gave up a future starter for a solution to a current problem, and there is nothing wrong with that. Beltran will likely walk after the season is over, but the Giants need an offensive boost right now—exactly what they are getting.

Who can complain about that?

For more information, visit The San Francisco Giants Site.

Derrick Williams is a fan of the San Francisco Giants that spent two years living in the Bay Area. He occasionally travels to AT&T Park to catch a game or two.

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Updated Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011