Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 2/28/13
The New York Mets took a chance nearly two years ago when they traded an established outfielder and clubhouse leader in Carlos Beltran. Beltran, who still ranks in the top ten in several offensive categories in Mets history, has recently stated that their gamble paid off. At the time, the experts proclaimed that the immediate winner in the Wheeler-Beltran deal was the San Francisco Giants. They had gained an offensive threat to balance out their lineup and help give run support to their rotation. However, the Mets would be the long-term winners in the deal, according to these same experts. The Giants missed the playoffs that season and Beltran was gone that winter. Fast forward to present day. Beltran is a major part of the St Louis Cardinals offense and still searching for that elusive World Series ring. Meanwhile, the prospect that the Mets acquired for him in that July 2011 trade, Zack Wheeler, has been labeled the next big thing. This is a comparison that has not been used i...
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