While the deal cannot be official until Carlos Beltran waves his no trade clause (in a tweet from Jon Heyman he has 24 hours), the deal is done. According to Jon Heyman:
“beltran has 24 hours to approve trade agreed to. mets paying significant $ to sf, get back zach wheeler.”
Beltran’s value should remain relatively unchanged by this move. He is going from a pitcher’s park to a pitcher’s park. He is going to an offense that was not very impressive to an offensive that is not very impressive. He has been a great story this season, as no one expected him to play as well as he has, so don’t take this move as a negative.
He should slide into right field for the Giants, leaving Cody Ross and Nate Schierholtz to share time in left. If you were depending on either of them in deeper formats, look for the team to go with the hot hand, so you will want to find an alternative. Keep in mind, both players could be forced to the bench by Brandon Belt at some point (though Belt may also be returned to the minors to clear a roster spot for Beltran).
In New York Lucas Duda will get the first chance to play regularly in the outfield. Even if he struggles the Mets may stick with him to see if he can turn things around and prove he can handle the position moving forward. While he has hit just 1 HR in 120 AB thus far in the Major Leagues, he had 10 in 129 AB at Triple-A (International League) prior to his recall and could provide a little bit of pop going forward. He’s not on the level of someone like Kyle Blanks, but if you are desperate he is worth the flier.
As for Wheeler, he is not close to making an impact but is considered one of the top prospects in the game. The 21-year old right-handed pitcher was selected in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2009 draft. He is at Single-A this season, posting a 3.99 ERA, 98 K and 47 BB over 88.0 innings.
Prior to the season Baseball America ranked him as the team’s second best prospect (behind Brandon Belt) saying, “Wheeler threw an easy 94-97 mph fastball during instructional league with improved location. His changeup became functional toward the end of the season, and his breaking ball became tighter and more consistent. He can throw an overhand curveball but has had more success with a slurve. He did a lot of maturing on the mound in his first pro season and learned he can’t strike out the world.”
He has a lot of upside and is a very good player to stash in long-term keeper leagues, especially moving to the pitcher’s park known as Citi Field.
What are your thoughts on the deal?
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