Posted November 26, 2013

Report: Tigers, Brian Wilson ‘moving toward deal’

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Former Giants closer Brian Wilson could get back to that role with the Tigers. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Former Giants closer Brian Wilson could get back to that role with the Tigers. (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers are in “serious” negotiations with closer Brian Wilson and are “moving toward” a deal, The Detroit News’ Lynn Henning reported Monday.

Henning reported that Wilson and his agent, Dan Lozano, met with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Tigers are looking for a permanent closer after filling that role by committee last season.

Wilson, who is no fit for the New York Yankees because he won’t shave his beard, could fill the closer role in Detroit. The 31-year-old Wilson was last a full-time closer in 2011 with the San Francisco Giants, before he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.

In 2010, he led the majors with 48 saves. He has 171 saves in his career, along with a 3.10 career ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wilson had a 0.66 ERA in 13 1/3 innings pitched.

EXTRA MUSTARD: The Yankees won’t sign Brian Wilson because he won’t shave his beard >


7 comments
JensenNSchimino
JensenNSchimino

You can have him. A narcissist with 2 tommy john surgeries that only cares about himself. No thanks!

JerryHarvison
JerryHarvison

You just know that this contract would be loaded with clauses, innings pitched ect.

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

Sign the " Beard " then Beltran. Love how Dumbrowski is moving on from Leylands failed follies

oasis1994
oasis1994

I believe this is a better move than signing Nathan. Nathan has never been all that good in the playoffs and that is the last thing the Tigers need.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

The Tigers are making some serious moves that make good baseball sense.

JerryBelle
JerryBelle

@MattBugaj - Serious moves like getting a closer that last pitched a season's worth of closing over two years ago?  Maybe you mean a serious move like getting a closer that has a 3.10 era in a league that didn't have a D/H?  Perhaps a serious move like getting someone that really hasn't shown he's come back from Tommy John surgery?  Sounds like good baseball sense.....if you're a little league team maybe ;)