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.”
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