Mets get top-rated prospect for Beltran


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After seven seasons in Queens, Carlos Beltran is now an ex-Met.
The Mets announced today that they have traded Beltran, along with cash considerations, to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for minor league right- handed pitcher Zack Wheeler.
Wheeler was selected by the Giants in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft with the sixth overall pick. The 21-year-old is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA this season for San Francisco’s Advanced Class-A affiliate in San Jose. He ranks fourth in the California League with a .224 batting average against and fourth with 10.02 strikeouts per nine innings.
“We’re excited to add a player of Zack’s caliber to our organization,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “Zack is one of the top pitching prospects in the game and we are fortunate to have him in our system.”
Wheeler was ranked the 35th best prospect in minor league baseball and the top pitcher in the Giant’s farm system by Baseball America. The 6’4”, 185-pounder was also selected to play in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game last summer.
In Beltran, the Mets lose one of the greatest hitters in their history. During his seven-season stretch with the team, Beltran hit .280 with 149 home runs and 559 RBI.
“We thank Carlos for all he has done for this organization – both on and off the field – and wish him well,” Alderson said. “It has been a pleasure for me personally to know and be able to work with Carlos. He has been the consummate professional.”