As soon as the San Francisco Giants non-tendered Brian Wilson, it was unlikely that he would return to the club. Now it seems to be a certainty. Wilson recently worked out for the New York Mets, but the team has not made any contract offers that we are aware of. Of course, this means Wilson is still free for the taking. But the Giants won't be taking him.
Giants' GM Brian Saeban essentially confirmed that the team would not bring back Wilson. According to Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of the New York Post, Saeban expressed concerns about Wilson's second UCL tear and subsequent Tommy John surgery.
“I’m going to be brutally honest as I always am, I don’t [think Wilson will return],” Sabean said during an event in Midtown on Saturday. “In this case, where you are getting a second Tommy John…it’s the type of rehab where he’s still not further up along to judge exactly where he may be able to come back in major league fashion, let alone as a closer.”
Wilson was a dominant closer at times for the Giants. He helped the team win the 2010 World Series. However, after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career early last season, the Giants were forced to win without him. And they did. The Giants won't their second World Series in three years, and Sergio Romo emerged as an impressive closer.
Wilson has been in the Majors for seven seasons and has 171 saves. He has posted 3.21 career ERA.
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