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Where Will Brian Wilson End Up?

Brian Wilson has a great comeback bid in the 2013 campaign.  When you add up his Appearances in the regular season - and playoffs, he threw 19.2 IP - in which he entered 24 Games, and only gave up 1 ER in the process.  Good for a cumulative 0.47 ERA.  He also has yet to yield an ER in 17.2 Post Season Career Innings.  Boston, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Dodgers should be his top suitors this winter.

Brian Wilson has a great comeback bid in the 2013 campaign. When you add up his Appearances in the regular season – and playoffs, he threw 19.2 IP – in which he entered 24 Games, and only gave up 1 ER in the process. Good for a cumulative 0.47 ERA. He also has yet to yield an ER in 17.2 Post Season Career Innings. Boston, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Dodgers should be his top suitors this winter.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Perhaps nobody is happier than Brian Wilson, that Tim Lincecum resigned in San Francisco for 2 YRs/$35 MIL.  While I think that is a bit of an overspend, it was what the Free Agency Market is dictating.

Having said this, the Relief Core of Pitchers available on the open market is quite interesting.

It is my contention, that Brian Wilson has the best value out there for clubs.

Forget about ‘lets wear my hat at a 45 degree angle’ Fernando Rodney, who was a world beater in 2012, before he almost cost the Rays a playoff spot in 2013.

Grant Balfour has a good case for a big raise, however he will be 36 years old in a few months.  My guess is Billy Beane will find a way for him to sign a short term deal anyway.

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?

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?

Joaquin Benoit is not a Closer on a World Series Bound team.  While I think he would be a good re-sign in Detroit, he is better served as a setup man.

The rest of the bunch is either past their prime, or about as reliable as a drunk cab driver.

Brian Wilson will turn 32 before next season starts, albeit he has only logged 333.2 IP in parts of 8 different seasons.

Yes he has survived two Tommy John Surgeries in his career so far, but he seemed to be back better than ever in the 2013 year.  There are plenty of teams that could use him.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are wasting time right now..They should have tried to ink him for a long time.  They don’t have a legitimate playoff performer like ‘The Beard’ – on their Roster.

Kenley Jansen, Brandon League, Paco Rodriguez and Ronald Belisario provide depth, but if you had this guy Closing for you, each one of those players falls back into a more suitable role.

The Dodgers management has plenty of money to burn.  So what is a 3 YR/$33 MIL worth to them anyway.

New York Yankees

I wouldn’t laugh at this notion.  With Mariano Rivera retiring, all of a sudden, the best playoff pedigree from a Relief Pitcher is Brian Wilson.

While the club may not be challenging for a playoff spot next year, when the team tries to go under the Luxury Tax Threshold, you can bet your bottom dollar, they plan on competing for World Series Titles as early as 2015.

Wilson’s electric personality would go over well in New York.  Even if he is a complete 180 for Mariano Rivera in mannerisms.

Although, I am also not certain that Wilson would ever adopt the no – facial hair policy in New York.  The Yankees will have to back up the Brinks Truck in order to have the guy lop that off!

Boston Red Sox

Sometimes you fall into a Closer by fluke in Koji Uehara.  Yes the man has been incredible in Boston, but he was once nearly unhittable in Baltimore too – before a HR barrage was flung his way.

He was sought after enough by Texas – that they traded Tommy Hunter and Chris Davis for him in that deal.

But this makes sense too.  As Boston, you hedge your bets for 2014, no matter what the outcome of this World Series.  The  Red Sox will be an AL East favorite for a few more years.

Wilson is also originally from New Hampshire, which is right up the road from Fenway.  He would fit right in with the bearded gang of this year.

Baltimore Orioles

While it is unlikely that Baltimore would enter a bidding war for his services, or even spend any type of big dollars on a Reliever, Wilson might be a good fit if the money doesn’t get out of hand.

Jim Johnson was not great in 2013, and adding Wilson would be more of a move for the playoffs.

The Orioles are better off spending their cash on Starters.

Detroit Tigers

Honestly, if Brian Wilson wasn’t such a mystery coming back for this year, Detroit probably would have jumped all over him,

This is their chance.  While they could still work out a trade possibly for a guy like Jonathan Papelbon – why give up assets, when you can sign a Free Agent like Wilson for similar $?

The Tigers should be the heaviest pursuers for the man.  Their time is running short to win the World Series.

Dave Dombrowski should sign Wilson, re-sign Benoit, and hope that internal progress from Bruce Rondon, Drew Smyly and Luke Putkonen will have the club with one of the best BULLPENS in the game.

Wherever Wilson ultimately signs, it will be entertaining to watch him pitch.  The team that signs can also say “Got Heeem!”

Wilson appearing at the 2011 Espy Awards. Here he shows of his "Fear the Beard" and his wacky style in general dressing in a full body spandex suit

Wilson appearing at the 2011 Espy Awards. Here he shows of his “Fear the Beard” and his wacky style in general dressing in a full body spandex suit.  More likely than not, Wilson wants to sign with another World Series contender.  At 31 Years of Age – and a survivor of two Tommy John Surgeries, this may be his last chance at a Multi – Year Deal.  Luckily for him, there is not a huge crop of Free Agent Relievers on the market.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners ***

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! 

His favorite expression – is ‘drive that one out that out and you have 110 LBS worth of crap in a 100 pound sack!

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