The Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be close to bringing reliever Brian Wilson back in 2014:
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 3, 2013
This is fantastic news for Dodgers fans as Wilson was simply great in his return to baseball in 2013. After coming off of Tommy John surgery, Wilson joined the Dodgers in late August after a short stint in the farm system. From there, Wilson never looked back and, despite only having a chance to appear in 18 games before the postseason began, he wowed both his fans and critics in 2013. Wilson pitched 19.2 innings in the majors last season while allowing only one run. An impressive 0.915 WHIP and 0.46 ERA in 24 appearances certainly sent the message that Wilson is ready to help an MLB team be successful again.
Despite Wilson’s strong performance and previous résumé, the Dodgers cannot overpay for his services. There is still not guarantee that his arm will hold up for years to come, so getting the organization into a large and long contract would not be wise. A one to two-year deal would be the best way to go for the Dodgers and the team should not splurge. A yearly average of about $5 million ought to do the trick as that would put Wilson at a pay grade just a bit under the $6.5 million per year that he was getting with the San Francisco Giants back in his dominant years before surgery.
With the right contract, the Dodgers will be gaining a fantastic asset in the bullpen as Wilson will be teaming up with closer Kenley Jansen to create one of the most devastating 1-2 punches in all of baseball. Inking Wilson is a great move by General Manager Ned Colletti as the Dodgers will need a solid bullpen in order to have a shot at making a run to the 2014 MLB Playoffs.