World champs trade for Mets slugger Beltran

The Mets have pulled the trigger on a trade that will send RF Carlos Beltran to the Giants in exchange for highly regarded minor-league RHP Zack Wheeler.

The trade won't be official for 24 hours because of Beltran's no-trade clause. According to ESPN, Beltran planned to report to San Francisco today in Philadelphia.

Beltran is still owed nearly $7 million this season, of which the Mets will pick up about $4 million, according to reports.

Beltran, 34, is batting .289 with a .391 on-base percentage and a .513 slugging percentage in 98 games. A switch-hitter, he could be a huge boost to the defending World Series champions, who are 15th in the NL in runs.

"He's a complete player," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Carlos has all the tools that you look for in a player."

New York will get a package built around Wheeler, 21, who was the sixth pick in the 2009 draft and was rated San Francisco's No. 2 prospect by Baseball America before the season. Wheeler is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 88 innings at Class A San Jose.

In other Mets news, LHP Johan Santana, coming back from shoulder surgery, is set to begin a rehab assignment today at Class A St. Lucie.

Cards add former Ray

The Cardinals, who have faced pitching questions since spring training, pulled off a three-team trade to beef up their rotation with former Rays RHP Edwin Jackson.

The Cardinals sent CF Colby Rasmus and two relievers to the Blue Jays. Jackson had been dealt to Toronto a few hours earlier by the White Sox, who also sent utility player Mark Teahen to the Jays in exchange for RH reliever Jason Frasor and RHP prospect Zach Stewart.

"He's a power arm, a different look from what we roll out there," GM John Mozeliak said of Jackson. "He has the capability of being a dominant pitcher."

Rasmus, 24, could fill a big need for Toronto as a natural centerfielder with upside.

The White Sox filled a hole on their 25-man roster by recalling CF Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A Charlotte and put him in the lineup in place of Alex Rios.

In other Cardinals news, RF Lance Berkman received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder after an MRI exam revealed a strain. He is day to day.

BRAVES: All-Star C Brian McCann went on the 15-day disabled list after straining his left oblique Tuesday. OF Jordan Schafer also went on the DL with a chip fracture in his left middle finger. The team acquired veteran C Wil Nieves from the Brewers for cash.

BREWERS: 2B Rickie Weeks left the game against the Cubs in the second inning after appearing to injure his left ankle running to first. … CF Carlos Gomez, expected to miss the rest of the season after fracturing his clavicle last week, said he hopes to rejoin the team in September.

D'BACKS: RHP Trevor Bauer, the UCLA star taken third overall in last month's draft, is guaranteed $4.45 million under his four-year contract.

DODGERS: RH reliever Kenley Jansen spent the day in a hospital getting checked for an irregular heartbeat.

NATIONALS: Former Rays OF Jonny Gomes was added to the roster a day after being acquired from the Reds. To make room, OF Matt Stairs, 43, was designated for assignment.

PIRATES: INF Chase d'Arnaud went on the 15-day DL with a fractured right little finger. RHP Chris Leroux was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis.

TWINS: RHP Kyle Gibson, one of the team's top prospects, will skip a start at Triple-A Rochester with elbow soreness.

ROYALS: Dominican SS Adalberto Mondesi, 16, son of former major-leaguer Raul Mondesi, signed a contract that included a $2 million bonus.

World champs trade for Mets slugger Beltran 07/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:51pm]

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