One of the worst kept secrets in baseball went public Thursday morning. The San Francisco Giants will be joined by six-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove outfielder Carlos Beltran. The Mets loss is the Giants gain.
He's expected to be in Thursday's line-up against the Philadelphia.
The addition was immediately met with rave reviews by beat writers, teammates and fans alike. Beltran's bat in the middle of the line is expected to be key to the Giant's post-season push.
"When you're defending world champions, you do have to try to defend that title any way you can," general manager Brian Sabean said during a conference call Thursdday. "We're in first place. Hopefully we show we mean business.''
Sabean also said that while he will continue to pursue more offensive help ahead of Sunday’s trade deadline, he didn't seem to have any deals working. He answered, "not really" when asked if their was a market out there that would give the Giants a catcher or shortstop.
We also got our first indication about how Beltran feels about the deal. Sabean said of the player's reaction to the move to the orange and black: "He very much wanted to be a Giant."