For the Giants, getting a player who has made numerous all-star appearances, won three golden gloves, and won two silver slugger awards for a young pitching prospect seems like a no brainer. At least it seemed like it in 2011 when the Giants traded pitcher Zack Wheeler for Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Entering the 2013 season, however, the Giants will regret not having Wheeler in their rotation. Here’s why.
The Giants no longer have Beltran. When San Francisco originally made the trade, back in 2011, Beltran played well even though he was coming back from knee injuries.
Despite Beltran’s good play, the Giants never made a move to keep him with the club as he became a free agent at the end of the season. The Giants obviously didn’t need Beltran in 2012, as their season couldn’t have possibly ended any better, but he definitely would have only helped and would most likely be a big help in this upcoming season (assuming the Giants signed the same two-year deal as St. Louis).
Zack Wheeler in now a top MLB pitching prospect. He boasts a 97 mile per hour fastball and reportedly throws a very good curveball. His other off-speed pitches still need some work, but here’s the thing, at 22 years of age, Zack Wheeler is still very young.
Being as young as he is, he could still develop more velocity on his fast-ball, make his curveball even deadlier, and improve his other off-speed pitches. Basically, Wheeler could end up being one of the league’s top pitchers. And, to top it off, if the Giants hadn’t traded him to the Mets, they would still have him this season.
Basically, the Giants will regret the trade because they lost a great pitching prospect in Zack Wheeler, and wasted the player the got in return, Carlos Beltran.
The Giants should still have a strong team going into 2013; their bullpen will essentially be the same as last season, and a lot of 2012 starters are returning to the lineup. The thing is, though, San Francisco ended up losing both players. And even though they should have a solid team in 2013, they would be stronger if they had either of the two players still on their roster.