Brian Wilson Re-signs For 2014 With The Dodgers – And Potentially In 2015 Too
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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.
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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.
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Posted on December 6, 2013, in MLB Payroll and Contracts, MLB Player Profiles and tagged 2010 World Series, 2012 world series, 2013 NLCS, @MLBreports on twitter, @stokes_hunter21 on twitter, brian wilson, Brian Wilson career earnings, Brian Wilson Contract For 2014, Brian wilson playoff record, hunter stokes, kenley jansen, la dodgers, national league, nl west, san francisco giants. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.