Baseball is about to get the beard back as Brian Wilson is reportedly very close to signing with one of five teams.
According to a tweet from Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Wilson, after impressing during a recent throwing session, currently has five suitors: four NL teams and one AL team all vying for his services.
According to Scott Miller of CBS Sports, one of the most serious suitors is Wilson’s former team, the San Francisco Giants. The Los Angeles Dodgers however, a team that Wilson has been fond of, are also considered to be in the mix.
The former closer, who underwent Tommy John surgery last season, has not pitched since April of 2012. However, Wilson is said to be completely recovered and as one of the best closers in baseball before he got injured, he has drawn interest around the league. It is also reported that Wilson is still hitting 95 mph on the gun, a promising sign for any team that signs him.
It is only fitting that the Giants and Dodgers, who have been bitter and fierce rivals since 1890, would once again find themselves in a competition, this time for one of the better relievers on the market.
The Giants have the advantage of being the only team Wilson has played for in his career. He won a World Series there and he developed a fan base. He also seemed to love his time there. Wilson did most of his rehabilitation at the Giants’ team facilities, and at one point expressed his desire to return to San Francisco.
But perhaps that has changed.
With the Dodgers, Wilson has the chance to play for a contender and one that he has interest in playing for. Also, he makes the Dodgers and their strong bullpen even better, and could be the final piece that really puts L.A. over the top.
The NL West rivals will fight but ultimately, this battle is not theirs to decide. The choice lies with Wilson and with an attractive offer from L.A. reportedly on the table, it might be too strong for the former top closer to resist.