Carlos Beltran has signed off on the move to San Francisco, so the trade sending him from the Mets to the Giants for pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is now official. There’s a press release and everything.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave Beltran a proper sendoff, saying:
We thank Carlos for all he has done for this organization–both on and off the field–and wish him well. It has been a pleasure for me personally to know and be able to work with Carlos. He has been the consummate professional.
Beltran is expected to be the Giants’ starting right fielder, with the Mets paying about $4 million of the $6 million remaining on his contract, choosing a consensus top-50 prospect in Wheeler over multiple lesser prospects or salary relief in what is a very shrewd move for Alderson given the circumstances.
Wheeler is a very high price to pay for two months of Beltran, but the switch-hitter will provide a huge boost to the Giants’ struggling lineup after hitting .289 with 15 homers, a league-leading 30 doubles, and a .904 OPS in 98 games for the Mets. Not only does San Francisco rank second-worst in the league in runs overall, since Buster Posey’s ankle injury on May 25 the Giants have hit just .236 with an average of 3.5 runs per game.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Phillies outfielder Nick Williams has been working out daily with free agent starter Jake Arrieta in Austin. The right-hander, who won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award, still remains teamless with spring training less than a month away. Williams has been trying to sell Arrieta on joining the Phillies.
Williams said of Arrieta, “He loves it here [Austin]. He has told me he likes working with young guys. I’m like, ‘All right, come on up.’ But I’m not writing the check. I don’t know what he wants. I don’t really dig into that because I’m not really in his position.”
On GM Matt Klentak’s hunt for pitching help, new manager Gabe Kapler said, “The pursuit is very real. I have a lot of trust that we’ll either go in [to spring training] with a new toy or we will pass on the opportunity because we’re better off giving this collection of pitchers a really healthy look because we thought that we could go acquire that piece a little bit later on this season or in the offseason next year.”
Arrieta, who turns 32 years old in March, went 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA and a 163/55 K/BB ratio in 168 1/3 innings last season with the Cubs. The Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers have been linked to Arrieta this month.
Presently, the Phillies’ starting rotation figures to include Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, and Vince Velasquez along with some combination of Nick Pivetta, Ben Lively, Zach Eflin, Mark Leiter, and Jake Thompson. Arrieta would certainly amount to a big upgrade in the starting rotation and could make the Phillies a more attractive landing spot for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, who become free agents after the 2018 campaign. The Phillies are expected to be in the mix for either or both players.