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MLB Trade Rumors: Carlos Beltran Traded To San Francisco

It looks like the Rangers lost out on Carlos Beltran after all. The New York Mets have reportedly agreed to trade Beltran to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Zach Wheeler - and potentially two other lesser prospects, though that is not confirmed. 

Jon Heyman tweeted that the Rangers made a nice offer on Beltran - and that the Mets essentially just used that as leverage against the Giants, getting them to increase their offer. 

As Adam Morris at Lone Star Ball pointed out, Wheeler was ranked as the 35th best prospect on Baseball America's midseason top 50, one spot behind Rangers prospect Robbie Erlin. 

That the Rangers missed out on Beltran isn't surprising - and it's not surprising that he's going to end up a member of the Giants. The Padres and the Mariners are the only two teams that have scored fewer runs than the Giants have this season. 

Texas is likely to focus on obtaining a reliever once again now that Beltran has been moved.

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