The zany Brian Wilson is still searching for a suitor to offer him a contract for the upcoming baseball season. Even though Wilson has not appeared in a “Dos Equis” beer commercial, he is still by far the most interesting man on the diamond.
Wilson who coined the phrase “Got Heem” is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery after missing nearly all of last season with the exception of 2 innings. Wilson has thrown for teams but it was reported his velocity was less than spectacular and general managers are hesitant to offer the former closer guaranteed money until he is fully recovered.
The 30-year old saved 163 games for the San Francisco Giants the previous four seasons achieving his career high of 48 saves in 2010. It seems highly unlikely at this junction Wilson will return to the Giants and the New York Mets interest seems to have fizzled of late.
It seems teams are “fearing the arm more than the beard” with Wilson.
Spring Training has begun in the sunshine states and there are still a number of viable players searching for new teams. The most surprising being pitcher Kyle Lohse who has yet to sign on the dotted line with anyone after a career year with the St.Louis Cardinals last season. Lohse posted a 16-3 record with a minuscule 2.86 era in 33 starts for the red-birds.
Other notable free agents who have yet to latch on include Bobby Abreu, Jason Bartlett, Dallas Braden, Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, Livan Hernandez, Orlando Hudson, Brandon Inge, Bobby Jenks, Adam Kennedy, Carlos Lee, Derek Lowe, Roy Oswalt, Carl Pavano, Scott Rolen, Freddy Sanchez, Grady Sizemore, Ryan Theriot, Jim Thome, Jose Valverde, and Chien-Ming Wang rounding out the unsigned.
The signings should work themselves out in the coming weeks as teams attempt to solidify rosters and players become more inclined to accept incentive based salaries.
Stay tuned as the “beard” may be coming to a team near you.