Brian Wilson Re-signs For 2014 With The Dodgers – And Potentially In 2015 Too

Brian Wilson was given a 1 YR/$10 MIL deal with the Dodgers, that also has him having a Player Option for the 2015 year at $9 MIL.  If Wilson has a great year in 2014, it will still benefit the Dodgers, but at the same time it may have been the deciding factor in retaining 'The Beard's' services.   Wilson has a 3.11 ERA in 333.2 IP worth of work in career, with 171 Saves in 196 Chances for an 87.2 % conversion Rate,  Wilson is a 3 Time ALL - Star and 2 time World Series Winner.  His winning pedigree will continue to be cherished in the Dodgers Pitching Relief Core.

Brian Wilson was given a 1 YR/$10 MIL deal with the Dodgers, that also has him having a Player Option for the 2015 year at $9 MIL. If Wilson has a great year in 2014, it will still benefit the Dodgers, but at the same time it may have been the deciding factor in retaining ‘The Beard’s’ services. Wilson has a 3.11 ERA in 333.2 IP worth of work in career, with 171 Saves in 196 Chances for an 87.2 % conversion Rate, Wilson is a 3 Time ALL – Star and 2 time World Series Winner. His winning pedigree will continue to be cherished in the Dodgers Pitching Relief Core.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Brian Wilson is a California guy now through and through and I couldn’t be happier that my favorite player of ALL – Time is still playing his home games as the closest park to my residence in Bakersfield, CA.

The Dodgers and Wilson both agreed on a 1 YR/$10 MIL in 2014 – with a $9 MIL Player Option in 2015 for the man originally from Londonderry, NH.

Wilson will turn 32 before next season, and has successfully returned from 2 Tommy John Surgeries to resume his career.

2013 saw him only give up 1 ER in his 24 Appearances – combining both the regular and post season in 19.2 IP – good for an ERA of 0.47 in that time frame.

Brian Wilson Contract Explained

From 2008-2011, Brian Wilson was one of the top closers in the Majors with 163 Saves.  He Saved 48 Games with a 1.81 ERA only 3 years ago in  2010 for the World Champ Giants.  He went through TJ Surgery for a 2nd time in April of 2012 - who will give him a chance in 2014, by signing the pending Free Agent?  The Dodgers are hoping he can duplicate his 2013 performance, and any other year he has played a full campaign in recent memory

From 2008-2011, Brian Wilson was one of the top closers in the Majors with 163 Saves. He Saved 48 Games with a 1.81 ERA only 3 years ago in 2010 for the World Champ Giants. He went through TJ Surgery for a 2nd time in April of 2012 – who will give him a chance in 2014, by signing the pending Free Agent? The Dodgers are hoping he can duplicate his 2013 performance, and any other year he has played a full campaign in recent memory.

Of course this is about the 4th article we have written about the guy, but this is a favorable deal for both sides.

LA has protection against Kenley Jansen for the Closer’s role, and Wilson has the peace of mind – to control his own destiny should he be able to duplicate his strong 2013 showing.

Wilson is a winner, the 3 Time ALL – Star finds himself in great situations on the teams he is on.

I mean who wouldn’t want to play in the NL west, and in particular with the LA Dodgers?  This team is outspending their competition in the National League, and have the least path of resistance to the promise land.

The 8 year veteran also will see the majority of his games thrown in great weather situations. 

Besides the 81 home dates at a packed Dodger Stadium, they play 9 games at San Diego, 9 at Arizona (roof), and 9 at Colorado.  That is 117 Games likely played – with only Colorado having a chance for weather issues.

Other than 3 games played at Minnesota in April-Early may, and 3 game sets in Washington, New York and Philadelphia, the team won’t have to play in a bad climate. 

The club only goes to Chicago (NL) and Colorado for series in September, the rest of the month is spent either at home, or a 3 game set in San Fran.

If Wilson signed with Detroit, he would have to contend with the Boston Red Sox, The Yankee (when they get their act together), plus pesky teams like the Rays, Athletics and Rangers.

Not to mention the cold weather that would follow.

Wilson is a rockstar, his beard has its own fanpage and legend.  Everybody even knows what the machine means.

One could say that the value #00 brings to Los Angeles will even culminate in things like TV viewership, jersey sales, and overall team mantra.

He is widely popular among the younger generation.  Whether it is extremely weird dialogue, or wicked tattoo’s, he has a presence unlike any other player currently in the MLB.

The Dodgers made a wise decision to bring the guy back.  They also are throwing down the gauntlet they will spend the necessary dollars to compete.

Putting down $10 MIL for a dominant 8th Inning guy is expensive.  Then again, the total may only represent 5% of the Team Payroll in 2014 anyway.

So #DodgerFam – time to freshen up your fake beards, and get ready to rock them again in 2014.

Wilson has pitched in 17.2 IP worth of work in his playoff Career, and has yet to give up an ER in his time.  His WHIP is also only 0.849 - with just surrendering 9 hits and 6 Walks in those frames.  What is even more impressive is that his road ERA for his career is 2.98 vs 3.21 at home, and his 2nd half ERA is 2.56 vs the 1st half is at a 3.67 Mark.  Wilson gets better as the year goes on.  He is a total gamer and deserves great respect.

Wilson has pitched in 17.2 IP worth of work in his playoff Career, and has yet to give up an ER in his time. His WHIP is also only 0.849 – with just surrendering 9 hits and 6 Walks in those frames. What is even more impressive is that his road ERA for his career is 2.98 vs 3.21 at home, and his 2nd half ERA is 2.56 vs the 1st half is at a 3.67 Mark. Wilson gets better as the year goes on. He is a total gamer and deserves great respect.

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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Chief WriterHunter Stokes for preparing today’s featured article.  Hunter is a Baseball Writer for MLB reports.

Hunter grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and played baseball with Sheldon Bream (Sid Bream‘s son) at Liberty University in the NCAA.

His favorite player is Brian Wilson (how could you guess?), and he hates when people can’t think outside the box! 

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