Can Brian Wilson Return to His Dominant Form With Los Angeles Dodgers?

By Dan Parzych
Brian Wilson
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After drawing interest from a few MLB teams, it looks likes former San Francisco Giants closer has finally found a new home in the middle of the 2013 season–the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Wilson reportedly chose to sign with the Dodgers on Tuesday and even though the team will start him off in the minors–this could turn out to be a wise investment once the end of the year rolls around and Los Angeles is pushing for a playoff spot. At the moment, the Dodgers are arguably the hottest team in baseball as they currently hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West and if they continue to play at this high level–they could turn out to be the team to beat in the National League come playoff time.

Of course, the main question in this case is whether or not Wilson can return to his dominant level as a closer from a few years ago considering he only appeared in two games for the Giants last year. Unfortunately, Wilson was forced to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery last April, but the Dodgers believe he’s worth the risk considering he recorded 163 saves from 2008-2011.

Los Angeles already has a solid rotation and if Wilson can manage to return to his old dominant self–this signing could pay off big time for the Dodgers when making a run to play in October. First things first though–which is Wilson proving he still has what it takes by performing well in the minors.

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