It's only a matter of time before the Carlos Beltran trade between the Mets and the Giants becomes official, as the only apparent hang-up is waiting for Beltran's approval. But while we wait, more details continue to emerge, including this latest one from Buster Olney:
Confirming what @joelsherman1 is reporting: the Mets are eating $4 million of the $6 million owed to Beltran for rest of the season.
I guess that's actually from Joel Sherman, but I don't follow Joel Sherman. I hope I didn't break an internet rule!
The Mets' willingness to eat the majority of Beltran's remaining contract is a big reason why the Giants are reportedly willing to include pitching prospect Zack Wheeler. The more salary you eat, the more value you get back. It's also interesting to note that the Giants are including Wheeler, while the Braves - who were also interested in Beltran - did not want to include one of their premier pitching prospects. Different front offices operate in different ways.
Beltran owns a 151 OPS+ on the season, which would be the highest mark on the Giants. Once this goes through, San Francisco may feature an actual major league lineup.