Oct 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson walks off the field after defeating the Cincinnati Reds to win the 2012 NLDS at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Showing Strong Interest In Brian Wilson


UPDATE:

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms that the Mets did indeed watch Wilson pitch on Saturday. Still, he doesn’t think that a signing is imminent because he reportedly has a “ways to go.”

ORIGINAL POST

With exactly 30 days left until pitchers and catchers report, Brian Wilson may have to lower his demands if he wishes to pitch in the major leagues again.

Well, he may have a taker. The New York Mets

The Mets’ reportedly “strong interest” in Wilson is far from a surprise. New York’s bullpen was one of the worst ‘pens in baseball last season, posting a 4.65 ERA, which was the second worst total in the National League. To make matter worse, this same group also blew 19 saves.

October 31, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson waves to the crowd while riding in a cable car during the World Series victory parade at Market Street. The Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in a four-game sweep to win the 2012 World Series. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

So in other words, they need help, even if the help is categorized as high-risk, high-reward, which Wilson is.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson watched the All-Star closer on Saturday in a private workout. Given New York’s suddenly strong interest, I’d say he was impressed. But that’s just me reading between the lines.

Wilson, a three-time All-Star, pitched in just two games for the Giants last season, but was one of the best closers in baseball for a three year span (2008-2010).

If the Mets were to go as far to offer Wilson a contract, it would probably be incentive based, as he has now undergone two Tommy John surgeries in his seven-year career.

 

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