Posted July 30, 2013

Report: All-Star closer Brian Wilson to sign with Dodgers

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Former Giants closer Brian Wilson is joining division rival Los Angeles. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is joining the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

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.

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11 comments
kyyled5
kyyled5

sad day...but if SF didn't sign him, Dodgers have every right to.


We'll always remember 2010. Now it's time to get a check from the Dodgers after we got your best years. Just like Kent, Schmidt, Uribe...

muser
muser

Cats and Dogs, living together....

LakerZIS
LakerZIS

good anything to make our BP stronger

Dodgerdogs
Dodgerdogs

Maybe he could dye his beard blue

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

Even though he hasn't thrown a pitch since April 2012, I still have him ahead of Marmol.