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Giants finalize Carlos Beltran trade

Updated: July 28, 2011, 11:13 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Beltran might provide just the power bat San Francisco needs to make another deep playoff run.

That's general manager Brian Sabean's hope, anyway.

The defending World Series champion Giants finalized a trade Thursday to acquire the slugging outfielder and cash from the New York Mets, upgrading their inconsistent offense. Beltran first had to approve the deal to the NL West leaders.

"When you're defending world champions, you do have to try to defend that ...

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