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Giants to send Wheeler to Mets for Beltran

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Giants to send Wheeler to Mets for Beltran

July 27, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO

CSNBayArea.com staff

The Giants are extremely close to closing a deal for Mets slugger Carlos Beltran, according to a handful of media reports.

Yahoo! Sports and Sports Illustrated first reported the trade.

The framework of the deal, while not official, is in place. According to a source that spoke to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the Giants will send top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to New York.

The 6-foot-3 Wheeler, 21, is in his second season of minor league ball. The 6th overall pick in 2009 is 7-5 this season with a 3.99 earned run average for the Class A San Jose Giants.

RATTO: Beltran deal a feather in Sabean's cap

Additionally, a New York-based Major League source confirmed to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that the deal is "all but done."

However, due to Beltran's no-trade clause and the 105 rule (10 years in the majors, five consecutive years with the same team), the trade cannot be completed for 24 hours.

Beltran is hitting .289, with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs. Beltran is making 18.5 million in the final year of a seven-year, 119 million contract.

In 87 career at-bats at AT&T Park, Beltran has hit .310 with no home runs, two triples and eight RBIs.

According to the New York Times, Beltran may have known a trade was imminent because he went out to dinner with a number of teammates after the Mets' win over the Reds on Tuesday night.

The last time Beltran was traded, at the deadline in 2004, he went from Kansas City to Houston.

Major League Baseball's trade deadline is 1 p.m. PT Sunday.

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Report: Six teams make Cavaliers an offer for Kyrie Irving

Trade talks for Kyrie Irving have reached a new high. 

Acccording to ESPN, six teams have made offers to the Cavaliers for the point guard. 

Those teams are: The LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New  York Knicks and Miami Heat. 

According to the same report, as many as 20 teams have inquired about Irving's availability. 

The report comes a day after The Athletic reported the Cavaliers have tried to communicate with Irving but he isn't speaking to anyone in the organization. 

On July 7, Irving requested a trade. 

The point guard -- who won an NBA title with the Cavs two seasons ago -- is under contract for two more seasons -- $18,868,625 in 2017-18 and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- plus a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.

Down on the Farm: Giants prospect Suarez sets season-high with nine Ks

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Down on the Farm: Giants prospect Suarez sets season-high with nine Ks

The Giants, with one of the oldest rosters in baseball, have turned to their farm system more often than in the past during this tumultuous season. As they look to get younger though, the youth movement has come more from the offensive side of the ball compared to on the mound. 

Already, the Giants have looked to offensive prospects such as Christian Arroyo (21 years old at time of his debut), Austin Slater (24), Ryder Jones (23), Miguel Gomez (24), and Orlando Calixte (25). 

On the hill, Kyle Crick (24) is the only real prospect who has been promoted and seen substantial time in San Francisco. The Giants also called up Dan Slania (25) for one inning. 

In Sacramento on Thursday night, Andrew Suarez (24) gave a glimpse into the potential bright big-league future he has on the rubber. The Giants’ second-round pick from 2015 set a season-high of nine strikeouts over seven innings pitched in the River Cats’ 2-1 win over the Round Rock Express for their third straight victory. Suarez also only allowed one earned run on four hits and walked two batters. At one point, he retired 14 straight batters.

“He came in and he was not intimidated at all by the (Pacific) Coast League,” River Cats announcer Johnny Doskow recently said about his first impressions of Suarez.

The Pacific Coast League can tear you down as a pitcher. Lazy fly balls turn into home runs and ERAs can be deceiving to how a pitcher is truly performing. Suarez’s stats have took a bit of hit since his mid-season promotion from Double-A Richmond to Triple-A with the River Cats, but he sits only behind Joan Gregorio, who is currently suspended due to PED use, as the team’s leader in ERA among starting pitchers. Over eight games, seven starts, Suarez is now 4-4 with a 4.18 ERA and has struck out 45 batters in 47.1 innings pitched for the River Cats. 

With his ninth and final strikeout of the night on Thursday, Suarez reached 100 strikeouts on the season between Richmond and Sacramento. He is only 24 strikeouts off his career-high in which he set last season in five more appearances. 

As the Giants continued to tumble in the standings, the front office will have to take a longer look at their prospects. Even if a slot doesn’t open via a trade, there’s no reason Suarez shouldn’t get at least a look in San Francisco as a September call-up. 

The lefty is ranked as the Giants’ No. 6 prospect by Baseball America and No. 11 by MLB Pipeline. Suarez sits behind only Tyler Beede, who is now expected to miss the rest of the season with a groin injury, as the top pitching prospect in the organization. 

Around The Horn 

— For everything you need to know about familiar faces in Triple-A, Alex Pavlovic has you covered

— Sandro Fabian, who is only 19 years old at Low-A with the Augusta GreenJackets, had a huge game Thursday night. The outfielder went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI. 

— Panda Watch: Pablo Sandoval went 0-for-4 Thursday night. He is now batting .211 (4-for-19) between the San Jose Giants and Sacramento River Cats.