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Beltran about to Become a Giant

Sandy Alderson’s patience has been rewarded. Although a few writers were starting to suggest that the Mets general manager would receive little value in return for pending-free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, Giants GM Brian Sabean has ultimately agreed to trade his No. 1 pitching prospect, Zach Wheeler, and pick up one-third of the $6 million still owed on Beltran’s contract.

As a player with “10-and-5″ rights, Beltran needs to approve the proposed deal within the next 24 hours, but it is widely believed that he will give his consent. Beltran is having a nice bounce-back season, posting a .289/.391/.513 BA/OBP/SLG line and .392 wOBA over 98 games.

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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