As many Mets fans may know a deal is in place to send outfielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for right-handed pitcher Zach Wheeler-or another prospect in the World Series Champion farm system. The main name as of now is Wheeler, who was a sixth pick in the 2009 draft.
Wheeler is one of the top-pitching prospects in the Giants system; the 21-year-old stands at 6-foot-3 and is in his second season in the minor leagues. Thus far he has a 7-5 season with a 3.99 earned run average for the Class A San Jose Giants.
The trade just needs the approval of MLB and should be made official sometime within 24 hours. For Mets fans though this is more than just loosing an All-Star outfielder.
When he arrived in New York to put on a Mets uniform, all of Metsville were stoked-especially after the huge playoff series he had with the Houston Astros in 2005.
There have been some ups-and-downs with #15 in the outfield, but this season has probably been the most impressive for fans of the outfielder. Beltran had to rebuild his legs after several injuries, and making a move to right field-which has assisted with his renaissance type year.
In 834 games in the Blue and Orange, Beltran has hit .280, slugged 149 homers, driven in 554 runs, made five All-Star teams and won three Gold Gloves. Currently the right fielder holds a .289 average with 102 hits, 30 doubles, 15 homers and 66 RBI’s.
Sadly though the one moment that many fans will remember- was when in the NL Championship Series in 2006-Beltran had a golden opportunity to send the Mets to the World Series…and instead struck out looking to end Game 7.
Beltran worth to this squad has meant more than just numbers and moments though. Carlos has one a ton more both on-and-off this field than just numbers. This season alone the outfielder has provided a quiet spark and leadership to what is quickly becoming a very young Mets squad.
Carlos has also done countless appearances and charitable events in the New York City area, as he has represented the Mets during their various community-related events. Along with that Beltran has started a foundation to aid the children here in the States- as well as the youth of his hometown of Puerto Rico.
The outfielder has been a positive influence, along with a quiet leader…and it is for these reasons why the trade of Beltran is a ‘Giant’ loss for this Mets team. Yes, fans know that we are looking for the future…and yes we know we are getting someone that’ll help in the long-run.
It might have been interesting to see though this team together with Beltran….just for a bit longer to see what type of magic that they can make happen. See if maybe that excitement of when the Mets first acquired the slugger could finally happen this season.
Sadly though no matter what the fans say or do we cannot keep Beltran. So now it is time to look at the future of the New York Mets…..now guys like Jason Pridie and Lucas Duda will have an opportunity to shine on a more regular basis.
Pridie and Duda have made some huge steps will stealing the hearts of Mets fans with their play this season, providing key-hits and positive momentum for New York. So maybe at the end of the day moving Beltran isn’t a Giant loss after all-but a Giant step in the direction of bringing a competitive team and maybe the Playoffs back to Queens.