Brian Wilson has pitched a total of 15.2 innings in the last two years. Most relief pitchers amass that many innings in one month! Either way, the Los Angeles Dodgers decided that a 31-year-old Wilson was worth a one-year deal of $10 million. Also, Wilson’s new contract includes a player option for 2015 that could see him earn up to $10 million on top of the initial $10 million that he will receive in 2014.
Sure, Wilson proved all his doubters wrong last year by returning from Tommy John surgery the year before and posting a 0.66 overall ERA. However, there is no justifying a $10 million contract for such an average late-inning reliever. Not only is Kenley Jansen five years younger than Wilson, he’s also five times better than Wilson at this point in time!
Jansen was electric in 2013 with over 25 saves for the second straight season, despite jockeying with Brandon League for the closer role early on. In the past two seasons, Jansen has emerged as one of the National League’s best arms with a combined 140 appearances and a mere 81 hits allowed in that time.
At the end of the day; Wilson is nothing more than a sideshow at this stage in his career and his most recent contract is a joke considering what the Dodgers will be asking him to do. If Los Angeles really wanted to pay somebody then they should have ponied up and gave Jansen a long-term extension, not Wilson.