Carlos Beltran Trade Reactions

The Giants acquired Carlos Beltran and $4MM from the Mets yesterday for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, in a deal that became official today.  The latest reactions:

  • ESPN's Adam Rubin has notes from Mets GM Sandy Alderson from today's conference call.  Alderson said there was a possibility of sending Beltran to an AL team, but it was contingent on him playing right field and the available NL options.
  • Giants GM Brian Sabean said today that vice president of player personnel Dick Tidrow assured him the team has enough pitching talent in the minors to withstand the loss of Wheeler, tweets Andrew Baggarly.
  • Though Wheeler is no sure thing, ESPN's Keith Law says the Giants risked "an enormous long-term cost" for about 60 games of Beltran.
  • The Beltran trade is the Mets' "most meaningful July 2011 victory," writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  Sherman says it helped that the Giants "do almost no statistical analysis" and are not active in talking to many other teams.  They simply go after the players their scouts like "with disregard to how it will be viewed by the rest of the sport."    
  • Yahoo's Jeff Passan praises Giants GM Brian Sabean for going for it, but was not a fan of the win-now deal in which the Cardinals sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto.

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