Brian Sabean rolled the dice yesterday, pulling off the biggest move of the season, when he dealt the seemingly untradeable Zach Wheeler for Carlos Beltran. Beltran is having a terrific season, and instantly becomes the most productive hitter on the team.
I like the deal, although I would've preferred Jose Reyes (younger, faster, etc.). Beltran gives the Giants something they've been missing all year, a proven, consistent
Kudos to Sabean for realizing that this team has a legitimate shot at repeating, and making a bold move.
…. The 34-year-old, switch-hitting Beltran, who will be a free agent after the season, has returned from two years scuttled by knee surgery to hit .289/.391/.513 with 15 home runs, 66 RBIs, and a league-leading 30 doubles despite playing his home games in pitcher-friendly Citi Field. His resulting .325 True Average (a total-offense rate statistic scaled similarly to batting average and adjusted for park and league scoring environments) ranks as the second-best of his outstanding career and 11th among major leaguers with 300 or more plate appearances this season.
UPDATE: Well, it's apparent that Beltran is pressing. That's something like 5 strikeouts in 9 at-bats since he showed up. Somebody needs to tell him to take it easy. Maybe somebody should “get heeeem.”