First, the news…
- Carlos Beltran looks to be heading to the Giants for minor league pitcher Zach Wheeler, ranked the 31st prospect in baseball by Keith Law. The Phillies apparently turned down straight up offers of Dom Brown for Beltran, Jarred Cosart for Beltran and Jonathan Singleton for Beltran.
- The Phillies remain in pursuit of Hunter Pence, and reportedly had reached a tentative agreement earlier this week to deal Cosart, Singleton and another minor league pitcher to Houston for Pence. Ed Wade backed off, however, citing his desire for major league ready talent. The Phils are unwilling to trade Brown or Vance Worley.
- The Braves, after losing Brian McCann to an oblique injury last night, are now back in the Pence sweepstakes.
- The Giants did what they needed to do…traded a young pitcher for the bat they so desperately need. Mets GM Sandy Alderson should be commended for getting a valuable prospect in Wheeler. His hands were tied behind his back – Beltran sought a deal only to San Fran or Philly, and yet Alderson still received a nice return.
- I don’t have any idea why the White Sox waited until they finally started playing well to sell off parts. This now puts Carlos Quentin in play, and per Buster Olney, the Phillies are conducting the necessary background work.
- Rasmus was sold painfully low. What a pitiful return for the Cardinals. They trade 3 1/2 years of cost-controlled Colby for two rentals: Jackson and Dotel, a nothing player in Patterson and a few years of a reliever with decent groundball numbers and a really long last name.
- Ed Wade is not trading Pence unless he gets a sure-fire “win” in the trade. The jokes can stop, he’s doing it right this time.
- Finally, it looks as though any Beltran deal cannot be completed in the next 24 hours. There is a full one-day waiting period to have Beltran waive his no-trade rights. So if the Phillies do see him in this series, it would not be until Thursday night’s finale.