For the last week or so, former Giants closer Brian Wilson has been on the Dodgers radar as a possible addition to the bullpen.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 29, 2013
In April 2012, Wilson ended his season early after injuring his throwing arm and having Tommy John surgery. After taking the season off to recover, Wilson was not re-signed by the Giants in order to save a huge chunk of change – Wilson had a reported minimum of $6.8 million coming his way in 2013.
CBSSports.com reported that Wilson threw for scouts on July 25, and several teams sent representatives to see if Wilson still had “it.” The 31-year-old reportedly had a nice pitching session and many teams have Wilson on their radars.
Bob Nightengale, a MLB sports writer for USAToday.com, reported on Twitter that several of these teams have even put down offers:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2013
While the Dodgers are not explicitly mentioned in this particular statement, they are not necessarily out of the running. DodgersNation.com is not the only source noting the Dodgers’ interest and past signings have proven the organization will do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Wilson could be a great asset to the Dodgers bullpen which has recently been excellent but could still use some bolstering. Wilson had several fantastic seasons with the Giants before his injury, and if he is 100 percent healthy he would be a great addition to any bullpen. From 2009-2011, Wilson had an ERA of 2.48 and collected an impressive 122 saves.
With the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen performing admirably in the closer role, Wilson could nestle in as a middle reliever for the Boys in Blue. If Wilson comes to Los Angeles, the Dodgers will reinforce an already good bullpen.
One last word of advice to the Dodgers: put a clause in Wilson’s contract that will force him to shave that disgusting beard!