Mets, Giants Reach Agreement On Beltran Deal

NEW YORK (WFAN) — It appears the Mets have pulled the trigger on a long-awaited trade that would ship Carlos Beltran out of New York.

According to WFAN’s Jon Heyman, the Giants have agreed to terms for the All-Star slugger.

“Just minor details to finish on Beltran,” Heyman tweeted. “Major help for the world champions.”

The Twitterverse exploded with news and speculation on the future of Beltran just after 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday. San Francisco radio station KNBR tweeted, “Carlos Beltran to the Giants! Waiting for the final word.”

Heyman says top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is expected to be the centerpiece of the trade. The Mets would also be sending a significant portion of Beltran’s salary to the Giants.

“Right now, there are a lot of rumors out there,” Beltran said on Tuesday night. “I haven’t heard from Sandy. I haven’t heard from (agent) Scott (Boras). I’m here playing baseball.”

The Mets, holding out for top prospects, were rumored to be in talks with the Giants, Phillies, Red Sox, Braves and Rangers. San Francisco had reportedly been unwilling to include their young guns in a package for the star outfielder.

“If we’re trading Beltran … we sure as heck aren’t trading him for nothing,” one Mets source told Heyman.

By major league rule, Beltran’s no-trade clause means the deal will take 24 hours to be finalized.

Beltran admitted on Tuesday he’s conflicted about the possibility of being traded to a contending team.

“If you look at it that way, yeah, it’s exciting,” he said. “At the same time, it’s a little sad. I’ve been here seven years, and I’ve made a lot of friends. It’s hard to let go of seven years just like that. You have a lot of memories, a lot of guys that you get along well with and now the younger guys that you started to get along with.

“At the same time you’ve got to move on. They’re going to move on. I’m going to move on. Everyone is going to move on with this.”

Mets manager Terry Collins is tiring of the talk. He told his team on Monday that if any players quit on the season in the event of a Beltran trade, they’ll be shown the door.

“Obviously it’s news. It’s a story,” Collins said. “I can tell you I’m no more tired of it than he is.”

Beltran has managed to ignore most of the trade talk, though he said his wife, Jessica, is on top of all the rumors.

“She’s all confused,” he said. “She doesn’t know how to pack — cold, warm.”

Are you happy with the Beltran trade? Sound off below…

  • blondie

    That’s the most they could get?
    Terrible deal.

    • lydia

      It’s too bad that he had to be traded…most of his good years where wasted with the old manager and GM..the debacle with his injury should not have happened…
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  • Scott Roubeck

    As long as the Wilpons own the team, the Mets will never win a championship.

  • Scott Roubeck

    as long as the Wilpons are the owners, Mets will never win.

  • michael

    Good move Mets now lets get rid of PAGAN he is very inconsistent

  • dave

    Its only a 2-3 month rental. Beltran will be a Met in 2012 and so will Reyes. The Mets salary level fo this year is 140 million. in 2012 it will be about 120 million. Having dropped K.Rod, Perez, and Castilia that make room to resign Beltran and Reyes.

    • steve stern

      not true. if they wanted to sign Beltran for 2012 they would have signed him already. I really do hope they sign Reyes, this is what this is all really about anyway.

    • kevin

      dave …beltran isnt coming back…u must be one of these mets fans that thinks of Beltran as a franchise player and we must keep him…you must compare beltran trade to the tom seaver trade…

      you are probablyu satisfied with the mets holding firm and not trading anyone else and they are only barely .500 that is why they lose..cuz of fans liek you that accept a culture of losing and incompetence..

    • Time for a Change!

      Sorry Mets fans, but I hope the Mets trade Reyes to the Yankees to replace old man Jeter. Its time for some fresh blood at shortstop. Who cares about his 3000 hits when a majority of those hits were cheap shots or little bloop, wimpy infield hits if you really watch him closely – oh, thats if he isn’t busy swinging at the first pitch or striking out swinging.

      Time for another old man, Girardi to let go of his attachment to Jeter and Posada, two guys who are dead weight on the team.

  • dp

    It’s too bad that he had to be traded…most of his good years where wasted with the old manager and GM..the debacle with his injury should not have happened…

    You would think that if the Mets continued to play well..the fans would show up and bring the dollars in to help the Mets out of the finanancial mess they are in…..I dont understand the logic here…they are doing OK???

  • A

    Understand the move especially if a good prospect is included.

  • Lucy

    i;M A mets FAN AND i DISAGREE TO TRADE bELTRAN. Let him finished on METS.. Do not Trade it..

  • A. Marcel

    Although I’ve always been a Beltran fan, I do understand the need to move him. I’m hoping Sandy is looking at just more than pitching. The Giants have a 22yr-old projected centerfiielder (Gary Brown) in their system (A) whose good at the plate w/speed, and a better than average fielder. With the mets not having a solid everyday choice for the position after Pagan, this might be a player the organization could consider for the future.

    • Gary

      not having a solid everyday choice for the position after Pagan!, are you kidding?

      Pagan sucks, he had a career year last year & everyone was making him to be the second coming of Willie Mays, this guy was the CF of the future. Pagan is what he was before ’10, a role/bench player.

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