Detroit Tigers Rumors: Brian Wilson Exchanging Dodger Blue for Tiger Stripes?

By Michael Pidgeon
Brian Wilson
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Brian Wilson is asking for closer money and that will keep the Los Angeles Dodgers from re-signing him, but it appears as though the Detroit Tigers are interested in bringing Wilson to Detroit.

Signing Wilson isn’t nearly as big as the blockbuster trade involving Prince Fielder and Texas RangersIan Kinsler, but with no true closer currently on the roster, Brian may be exactly what Detroit needs in the ninth inning.

Wilson is a high-risk, high-reward type free agent. During his career, he has already went through two Tommy John surgeries. When L.A. signed Wilson to a one year deal, he was just coming off of Tommy John surgery and was a very pleasant surprise for the Dodgers in both the regular season and the postseason.

I was pulling for the Dodgers to re-sign Wilson for eighth-inning duties. However, after hearing he wanted to be paid like a closer, I knew there was no way L.A. would bring him back. The Dodgers already have a great closer in Kenley Jansen and he is still in line for his own extension.

With the combination of setup man Drew Smyly and possible incoming closer in Wilson, Detroit will be set in late-inning situations. The Tigers’ offense will score a decent amount of runs and with Detroit’s starting rotation keeping games close, there will be plenty of save opportunities for him as closer.

Wilson’s resume and what he managed to do last year for the Dodgers in a small period of time is enough to earn a decent pay day this offseason. If Detroit feels he is ready to become a full-time closer again, then bringing him aboard is the right thing to do.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at

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