Brian Wilson will not be playing in a San Francisco Giants’ uniform in 2013.
That comes according to GM Brian Sabean, who said this to the New York Post:
We spoke to [Wilson’s] agent repeatedly before we made the initial decision not to tender him a contract.
I’m going to be brutally honest as I always am, I don’t [think Wilson will return]. In this case, where you are getting a second Tommy John…it’s the type of rehab where he’s still not further up along to judge exactly where he may be able to come back in major league fashion, let alone as a closer.
Sabean did acknowledge the potential for signing a low-base, short term deal with incentives, but Wilson seems “more in the mindset to do that with somebody else, than coming back with us.”
This comes in the midst of reports stating that the Mets have interest in signing Wilson, who missed most of the 2012 season due to an elbow injury. He has been the Giants’ closer for the past four seasons, racking up 171 saves and becoming a fan-favorite.
However, with Sergio Romo stepping up at closer, bringing back Wilson would no doubt be a risk for the Giants.