The New York Mets‘ on-and-off relationship with closer Brian Wilson continues.
Reports from the past month indicated that the Mets were showing strong interest in Wilson, but were unimpressed by his workout and would not offer him a big league contract. Then, on Jan. 17, a source said that the Mets had not closed the door on Wilson. Two days later, Giants GM Brian Sabean told reporters that Wilson will not be returning to the Giants in 2013.
Which is where we stand today, Jan. 28, with another update on the Wilson-Mets situation.
The Mets are still indeed interested in Wilson, with GM Sandy Alderson saying, “He’s still in our mix,” and he will watch him work out in a few days.
New York’s intrigue 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.
Wilson, a three-time All-Star, pitched in just two games for the Giants last season after an elbow injury resulted in his second Tommy John surgery, but was one of the best closers in baseball for a three year span (2008-2010).