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Dodgers News: Brian Wilson, Dodgers Agree To New Contract

Brian WilsonIt only seemed like only a matter of time, but the Los Angeles Dodgers and free agent reliever Brian Wilson have officially agreed to a new contract. Wilson broke off talks with the Detroit Tigers last week in an effort to re-sign in LA as he clearly enjoyed his time playing with the Dodgers.

The Dodgers took a chance on Wilson in late August and he rewarded them by going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA and in the postseason he continued to put up zeroes. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the agreement is for one-year, with a player option for a second:

 

Wilson is reportedly fine with the idea of setting up closer Kenley Jansen as he’ll try and establish himself as a closer once again. It was reported just yesterday that the two sides were discussing this type of deal as the Dodgers will implore one of the more expensive bullpens in baseball.

With Jansen and Wilson pitching the eighth and ninth innings, the Dodgers have essentially cut the game down to seven innings. While he didn’t have the explosive fastball at the beginning of his stint as a Dodger, Wilson got stronger as the season progressed and was consistently in the high 90’s.

The Dodgers bullpen was in flux for most of last season, but the signing of Wilson gives them two power arms at the back of the bullpen that teams will fear seeing. Signing Wilson seems like the first step in fixing the bullpen as talks with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell seem to be ongoing and they’ll be in the market for another middle reliever.

Welcome back, “Blue Beard”.

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ICYMI: The Dodgers and Dan Haren agreed to a one-year deal last weekend.

Written by Ross Gasmer

Ross Gasmer is a Social Media Producer for @TheHerd and was a contributing writer and editor for Dodger Nation. Follow him on Twitter @Ross_Gasmer12

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