Sep 21, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson (38) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Giants defeated the Dodgers 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Giants, A's Among Teams That Attended Brian Wilson's Showcase

Brian Wilson’s name has begun to resurface in the news, as the bearded free agent reliever is showcasing himself to teams that are interested.

Two of those teams are from the Bay Area. Yes, both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics watched Wilson as he threw in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to Dan Knobler of CBSSports. 

There were a plethora of teams in attendance besides the Giants and A’s, the report states, including the Pirates, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Rangers, Rockies and Cardinals.

“He looked good,” a scout told Knobler. “His fastball was 90-93 mph. [He's] not far away.”

The Giants obviously have interest in bringing back their former closer, and got a head start on monitoring him this week.

On Monday, Wilson threw in San Francisco under the watchful eyes of Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti.

“We want to keep in touch with his progress,” Giants vice president Bobby Evans told CSN Bay Area. “He’s a Giant through and through. So we want to stay involved.”

Wilson is coming off of Tommy John surgery that cost him all but two games of the 2012 season. He was not re-signed by the Giants last offseason and has not been picked up by any team since.

A three-time All-Star, Wilson recorded 170 saves in four full seasons as the Giants’ closer.In his absence, Sergio Romo has taken over that role for the Giants and has become one of the best in the league. He has 23 saves and a 2.95 ERA thus far this season.

For the A’s, they already have a solid bullpen with Ryan Cook, Grant Balfour, and Sean Doolittle anchoring the back end. So their attendance at Wilson’s workout may have just been them performing their due diligence. 


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