Slugger Carlos Beltran is very, very close to becoming a San Francisco Giant, but the fluidity of the situation continues to bring new things to light:
Before anything can happen Beltran himself has to sign off on the deal as part of his no-trade clause in his contract, then the deal must be OK'd by Bud Selig and Major League Baseball.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, if nothing else occurs over the next 24 hours the deal would consist of Giants prospect pitcher Zack Wheeler along with cash compensation for Beltran. Names like Gary Brown and Jonathan Sanchez have been swirled around, and both sides could obviously add players or compensation to either side of the deal to make it happen.
So what happens when (or if) Beltran becomes a Giant? Here is Andrew Baggarly's take:
My best guess at playing time, should this happen: Beltran in right field, with Nate Schierholtz platooning with Cody Ross in left. Center field remains an Andres Torres/Aaron Rowand platoon, but now there will be fewer starts for Rowand in left against right-handers.
And if you were at all skeptical still, here's a tweet from the Chronicle's Hank Schulman that may quell your fears:
Can't beat source like that. Scardino = Gs travel guy. RT @WineWorkerAdamC: My mom works with Scardino. Beltran has flight to PHI tonight.
If that's not a good sign, I don't know what is.