MLB News: Diamondbacks, Pirates Front Runners For Brian Wilson
While he’s been sidelined for over a year after Tommy John surgery, former Giants closer Brian Wilson is receiving heavy interest from five teams.
Wilson threw for teams at UCLA last week and reportedly looked good as his fastball was hitting anywhere between 90-93 mph.
However, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, there are two clear front runners for his services:
Former #SFGiants closer Brian Wilson has 5 offers-from 4 NL teams and 1 AL team with #Pirates and #Dbacks considered strong front runners.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2013
The Diamondbacks and Pirates make perfect sense as the DBacks late-game arms have struggled while the Pirates lost closer Jason Grilli for at least a month.
While the Dodgers aren’t named in Nightengale’s tweet, general manager Ned Colletti did say the team was intrigued by him and they would explore where Wilson was in his recovery.
It’s no secret Colletti is deep into the relief market as the Dodgers had interest in Francisco Rodriguez and maintain interest in John Axford, Jesse Crain among others.
Wilson won’t be ready to pitch in a big league game for a couple more weeks, but it’s looking like his market is starting to take shape.
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I don’t know if I can see him in a Dodger uniform.
I put it in his contract that that butt-ugly and fake looking bear MUST GO!
He would work well with the rest of the washed up dodgers