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New York Mets agree to trade OF Beltran to Giants, seeking slugger's approval
CINCINNATI (AP) ' A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Mets have agreed to trade Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants and are seeking the outfielder's permission to complete the deal.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the swap had not been completed, says the Mets have contacted the commissioner's office for a 24-hour window to negotiate with Beltran to wave his no-trade clause.
The All-Star slugger can block any deal because he is a 14-year veteran who has spent the last seven seasons in New York, giving him 10-and-5 rights.
The switch-hitting Beltran leads the National League with 30 doubles and is batting .289 with 15 homers and 66 RBIs.