Brian Wilson is currently without a job, as the Giants did not tender him a contract and he has not signed with anyone else this offseason.
Will that team be the Yankees? TMZ caught up with Wilson and you’ll like his response:
“I’m from Boston,” quipped Wilson, when asked if he would shave his facial hair to sign with the Yankees.
So, you can rule the Yankees out, but the other New York team has expressed interest in recent months.
Reports in January indicated that the Mets were showing strong interest in Wilson, and on Janaury 28, GM Sandy Alderson said, “He’s still in our mix.”
Also in January, GM Brian Sabean acknowledged that the fact that Wilson will likely not be returning next season.
“I’m going to be brutally honest as I always am, I don’t [think Wilson will return],” said Sabean. “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 also said there was a possibility of 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.”
Wilson 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.