The Dodgers would love to have Brian Wilson back next season, but he might prefer to be a closer for another ball club. The Detroit Tigers are the latest team to show interest in the 31-year-old right hander and they’re in need of a closer.
Wilson had a 0.66 ERA and struck out 13 batters in 13.2 innings pitched and his velocity only increased as time passed. Wilson has garnered interest from other teams like the Yankees, Rockies, and Indians, but the Dodgers are hopeful he will stay in Los Angeles to be the setup man to Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers would have to pay Wilson as if he were a closer, but it’s a small price to pay considering the value he brings to the bullpen.
The Tigers are also interested in veteran Joe Nathan, but the former Texas Ranger might be too pricey for the Tigers. Nathan declined his $9 million option and is looking for more money, so Wilson might be the cheaper option for the Tigers.
The Dodgers remain confident they can re-sign Wilson with all their resources at their disposal and he seemed to like Los Angeles, but there’s a chance Wilson is craving the feeling of getting the final out in the ninth inning.
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