PHILADELPHIA -- A question circulated around Citizens Bank Park yesterday, and for the first time in a while, people inside the Phillies home park cared to know its answer. "Where are the Mets tonight?"
If the trade to send Beltran to San Francisco for Zack Wheeler is not made official by tonight's series finale with the Phillies, Beltran can stay put. The Giants head to Cincinnati tomorrow.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy could not confirm the move, but called Beltran "a tremendous all-around player."
"Carlos has all the tools you look for," said Bochy, who managed Beltran in the All-Star Game. "Fielder. Switch hitter. Can run. Great instincts. Plays the game hard and plays it right."
Jeff Keppinger, the player formerly known as the newest Giant, saw the report on a clubhouse television and said Beltran will have no trouble fitting in.
"Easiest clubhouse I've ever been in," said the infielder, who was acquired from Houston on July 19. "There's a bunch of good guys on this team. A bunch of personalities. They all kind of take the scene away. He can just fly under the radar. But I guess it would be hard for him to fly under the radar."
The Giants entered play yesterday three games up on Arizona in the NL West. Beltran provides the middle of the order bat they've lacked since Buster Posey's season ended with a broken fibula after a home plate collision on May 25.
"With Buster's situation we're a little more challenged," Bochy said. "We had a catcher hitting cleanup. We have to improve in other areas to make up for it."
Beltran has 27 hits in 87 career at-bats in San Francisco, but zero home runs.