Relax, everyone. No truth to the rumor that former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is advising San Francisco Giants G.M. Brian Sabean on strategies for recruiting Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is expected to be dealt by next weekend's trade deadline.
Besides: Sabean has no need for traditional recruiting intermediaries like tattoo parlors or car dealers. He's got an ace-in-the-hole: his closer (and surreptitious player personnel adviser), Brian Wilson.
First, Beltran joined Wilson and the rest of the Giants' large All-Star contingent on their charter flight from San Francisco (where the Mets had just concluded a weekend series) to Phoenix for the July 12 game.
Then, Wilson announced live—during Fox's All-Star game telecast—his endorsement of acquiring Beltran to boost the Giants sagging offense.
Wilson later told Giant beat writer Andy Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury-News:
"You know, talking facts. I guess we're in talks, and we're talking about Beltran," he said. "Everyone knows he's a perennial hitter. He can only help our squad. I think we have a good thing going already—we are in first place."
Is Wilson as shrewd at assessing trade possibilities as closing games? Here are four reasons this writer thinks not.