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Wilson Recruits Beltran as Trade Target

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    It's no secret that the Giants need a bat and will consider trading for one as the July 31 deadline rolls around.

    Know what else isn't a secret? Brian Wilson really likes Carlos Beltran.

    Know how I know? Wilson said so on the microphone while introducing the lineups at the All-Star Game last night (which, by the by, is the same game he slammed the door on later).

    "The guy's a phenomenal hitter, a switch hitter," Wilson said of Beltran while introducing the lineups. "There's talks of him coming over to the Giants. He's more than welcome.

    "Come on over, pal."

    (Note that I'm embedding the video of Wilson introducing the lineups because the whole thing is hilarious.)

    Beltran left the game early and spoke to reporters during the midsummer classic, but severely played down the prospect of leaving New York.

    "I didn't see that. I didn't hear that, either," Beltran said, via Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. "I mean, I know there's been a lot of rumors -- different cities. They always say I might end up in this city, in that city.

    "But right now I'm part of the New York Mets, and we're playing good baseball."

    Wilson, on the other hand, didn't back off his comments when speaking with reporters about it; in fact, he emphasized that he wants Beltran joining the Giants, as long as it doesn't mean Wilson gets dealt.

    "He's a pretty awesome hitter," Wilson said. "I have no qualms about it. Come on over. I don't want to be the guy that's traded, though. OK? Let's make sure that doesn't happen."

    Of course, Wilson might ought to be more worried about whether or not he gets fined by MLB for tampering with the Mets and Beltran than he should about getting traded.

    But, hey, on the bright side: he's got money left over this year since his shoes were legal!