Report: All-Star closer Brian Wilson to sign with Dodgers
All-Star closer Brian Wilson, who hasn’t thrown a Major League pitch since April of 2012, will sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Wilson, 31, will be expected to shore up a major weakness for the Dodgers, who have the fifth-most blown saves in MLB this season with 16. A mere 65 percent of the Dodgers’ 46 save opportunities have been converted. Only four National League teams are worse in that regard.
A three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, Wilson saved 41, 38, 48 and 36 games during a four-season stretch, from 2008 to 2011. He hasn’t appeared in a game since April 12, 2012, when he threw 32 pitches against the Colorado Rockies, a day after throwing 24. Wilson underwent Tommy John surgery a week later. The right-hander had the same surgery performed in 2003 when he was in college at LSU.
The Giants declined to offer Wilson a $6.8 million deal after they won the World Series in 2012, the minimum contract to retain Wilson’s rights.
Brian Wilson has chosen to sign with Dodgers, according to source. Had three offers. Will start in minors.—
Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 30, 2013