The rumor mill was spinning with news that the Detroit Tigers and Brian Wilson were discussing a potential deal to land him in Detroit. While this is a great move for both sides, it would be in the best interest of the organization to not make Wilson the closer as was suggested potentially in reports. He was a successful closer, but even in his best days Wilson could resemble the type of roller coaster Tigers fans know all too well in ninth innings not to mention that he’s coming off of two Tommy John surgeries in his career. Brian Wilson is a good signing but not for closer.
The Tigers can’t just rely on one signing in the offseason as they have in the past and let the rest of the bullpen work itself out. For years the Tigers have neglected their biggest hole, and this year they must put the highest emphasis on the bullpen. One signing is just going to create more questions than it does help, but by in Brian Wilson with a shutdown closer like Joe Nathan and then you could start to see a path to a bullpen that is no longer the Achilles heel of a perennial championship contender. You could start to see a bullpen that can contend with the teams the Tigers need to win against.
Over the last few years the one thing every person in the Tigers organization should know is how important a bullpen is. It has derailed the Tigers now seemingly year after year, and if the team ever wants to be in a different position they must make the moves that reflect it. Sign Brian Wilson, but don’t make him your solution; make him your beginning.