The Los Angeles Dodgers off-season has gotten off to a somewhat slow start with them losing role players Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker in the last few days.
Punto bolted for Oakland while Schumaker signed with the Reds yesterday as GM Ned Colletti saw his shopping list expand a bit. Other Dodger free agents include Juan Uribe and Brian Wilson as Colletti would like to have both players back next season.
Talking to Jim Bowden and Casey Stern on MLB Netowrk Radio, Colletti talked about where things stand with Wilson:
We’ve talked to Brian Wilson’s representation.
While it’s a simple answer to a complicated question, it’s clear that the Dodgers do intend to pursue Wilson for the back end of the bullpen. In his short stint with the Dodgers this season, Wilson showed he was capable of being a closer again.
In 18 regular season appearances, Wilson went 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA and as he got more comfortable, his velocity increased. During the postseason, he impressed yet again in three innings as he didn’t allow a run and hasn’t in his postseason career.
The biggest challenge standing in the Dodgers way is the fact that Kenley Jansen is entrenched as their closer. However, it was reported that Wilson would be open to coming back if management paid him like a closer even though he’d pitch the eighth inning. Regardless, with teams like the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers looking at Wilson, it’s good to know the Dodgers have interest in bringing “The Beard” back.
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