Former Giants reliever Brian Wilson came to the Los Angeles Dodgers last July and capitalized on his opportunities to setup closer Kenley Jansen in the team’s already strong bullpen. Last season, the right hander pitched in 18 games with 13 strikeouts and an impressive 0.66 ERA.

This past off-season, Wilson earned himself a one-year, $10 million deal with the Dodgers despite the fact that Wilson was in serious negotiations with the Detroit Tigers. Wilson commented today on why he chose to stay in Los Angeles.

Wilson explained that he didn’t want to have spring training in Florida and didn’t want to pitch in a “garbage city.” With the teams that met the mentioned criteria out of the question for him, Wilson still desired to stay in Los Angeles. He likes the convenience of being able to keep all of the same doctors and mentioned the toll that moving around has on him.

He added that he doesn’t play baseball just to be a team’s closer, but is motivated by that celebratory end-of-the-season dogpile. If the bullpen from the second half of last season shows up to play starting opening day, Wilson certainly has the chance to participate in that winning dogpile.

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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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