With Frank Francisco getting the seal of approval this off-season by New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson as the closer in 2013, there really isn’t a surprise that there was a private workout for ex-San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson. Mets fans are used to the fact that whenever their management team states anything publicly, they almost assuredly will be thinking another.
But in this case, maybe Alderson thinks he is onto something. Wilson is the bearded character who helped the Giants win the MLB World Series in 2010 and has 163 saves of his 171 between 2008 and 2011. He also led all relievers in wins above replacement for three of those four years.
Wilson is coming off Tommy John surgery, which is his second reconstruction of his elbow, and if he is ready to pitch again in 2013, then just maybe he would mix in well with the New York scene. The Mets are short of intense “characters” that would light a little fire under themselves in a tight game. Whether it’s Wilson’s eccentric personality in interviews, the “crazy” look in his eyes from behind the beard as an opponent steps into the batter’s box, or the thought of a quick ninth inning as he steps from the bullpen, the Mets would love to have his intangibles.
This, however, is contingent on the fact that Wilson can once again pitch to his level and would be willing to accept a minor league deal to join any team. The Mets would probably have to guarantee Wilson at least $5M and a spot on the roster if he were to have a successful spring training. The problem with that, however, is Wilson still can not complete a full workout.
Alderson has stated that he will continue to look at all bullpen options, and that includes private workouts for rehabbing players. While it would be a good thing for Wilson to join the Mets, I am not quite sure if this is a steal that Alderson can accomplish. If I were a betting man, I’d say that Alderson will keep looking as he will not be able to convince Wilson to accept a minor league deal and believe their promise of a closers role when healthy.
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