Near the top of the list of Los Angeles Dodgers priorities this off-season is trying to lock-up reliever Brian Wilson. Signed to a one-year deal late last season, Wilson was everything the Dodgers could’ve imagined and more.
In 18 appearances, Wilson allowed a single earned run and as the season progressed, he gained more and more velocity. However, he might’ve pitched too well as teams are now after the 31-year-old to be their closer. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, one of those teams might be the Detroit Tigers:
Depending on where dollar figures fall, DET’s preference among available closers may well be Brian Wilson,coming off his strong ’13 showing.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 16, 2013
Along with the Tigers, the Indians, Rockies and Yankees have all been linked to Wilson, but he won’t shave his beard, thus eliminating the Bronx Bombers.
While teams can offer him a closer job, Wilson understands the Dodgers have their closer in Kenley Jansen, but reportedly would be open to coming back if he was paid as a closer. The prospects of having Wilson and Jansen for the eighth and ninth inning would shorten the game for Dodger pitching and give them the best duo finishing off games.
The Tigers have been linked to free agent closer Joe Nathan as they’re letting last season’s closer, Joaquin Benoit walk via free agency. With the winter meetings close to three weeks away, Wilson’s market continues to evolve as Dodger fans everywhere hope management decides to shell out the money to bring him back.
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