July 01, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson (38) pitches during the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Wilson Not Expected to Sign Until After Start of Season

It looks as if Brian Wilson will be without a job for a little bit longer.

The free agent reliever is not expected to sign with a few weeks after the start of the season.

According to CBS, a source claims that Wilson is throwing bullpen sessions and is at “80-85 percent,” and the ideal scenario would be for him to sign with a team after the season begins.

 

Although the chances of the Giants bringing back Brian Wilson is very low, the door is still not closed, reports Henry Schulman of San Francisco Chronicle. 

However, all signs lead to the bearded closer signing elsewhere, as nobody has heard from Wilson in a while.

“It’s like he’s fallen off the face of the earth,” someone in the Giants organization told Schulman.

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. Look for other teams, such as the Mets, to show more and more interest in signing Wilson as we get closer to the season.

 

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