Brian Wilson’s name has resurfaced in the news, as the bearded free agent reliever has showcased himself to teams that are interested.
Scott Miller of CBSSports reports that Wilson “appears close to signing soon,” and it may be with a team that “strikes out in the trade market.”
Two serious suitors, according to Miller, are the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are also said to be interested.
Wilson threw in Los Angeles for a plethora of teams last Thursday, and scouts came away impressed, for the most part.
“He looked good,” a scout told Dan Knobler of CBSSports. “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 last week.
Last 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 24 saves and a 3.00 ERA thus far this season.