Carlos Beltran could provide just the power bat the San Francisco Giants need to make another deep playoff run. That's General Manager Brian Sabean's hope, anyway.
The defending World Series champions completed a trade Thursday to acquire the All-Star outfielder and cash from the New York Mets, upgrading their inconsistent offense. Beltran first had to approve the deal to the NL West leaders, who parted with top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
"When you're defending world champions, you do have to try to defend that title any way you can," Sabean said. "We're in first place. Hopefully we show we mean business."
Beltran was in the starting lineup, batting third and playing right field against the major-league-leading Phillies on Thursday night.
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New York's prize in return is Wheeler, who is 7-5 with a 3.99 ERA in 16 starts for San Francisco's high Class-A affiliate in San Jose.
Cubs trade Fukudome to Indians
The Indians acquired outfielder Kosuke Fukudome from the Cubs for two prospects Thursday, one day after making an offer to the Mets for Carlos Beltran, who exercised a no-trade clause in his contract and was instead dealt to the Giants. "We're a better team than we were yesterday," Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said. The 34-year-old Fukudome is hitting .279 with three homers and 13 RBI in 87 games this season. Triple-A right-hander Carlton Smith and Class-A outfielder Abner Abreu were shipped to the Cubs.
Brewers lose Weeks for weeks
The Brewers placed second baseman Rickie Weeks on the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Manager Ron Roenicke said Weeks may be out two to six weeks after spraining his left ankle against the Cubs on Wednesday night. Weeks is hitting .272 with 19 homers and 43 RBI in 104 games.
The Brewers also acquired infielder Felipe Lopez from the Rays for cash later in the day.
■ Right-hander Edwin Jackson, acquired from Toronto in an eight-player trade Wednesday, will start for the Cardinals on Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the Cubs. "I love it," Jackson said. "It's great at this point in the season to have something to play for."
■ Mets left-hander Johan Santana made his first start in almost 11 months, throwing three scoreless innings for Class A St. Lucie on Thursday night. Santana had surgery on Sept. 14 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder.
■ Rangers outfielder Craig Gentry was put on the new seven-day concussion disabled list. Gentry was injured on a headfirst slide in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
■ The A's batted around in the first inning against the Rays and hit for the cycle as a team with four straight batters. Hideki Matsui singled, Josh Willingham doubled, David DeJesus tripled and Conor Jackson homered. It's the first time in their Oakland history that the A's have hit for the cycle with four consecutive batters.