The San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract to their former closer, Brian Wilson, thus making him a free agent as he recovers from a second ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow.
Wilson, 30, earned $8.5 million during his injury-shortened 2012 season, and according to CBA rules could not be tendered less than $6.8 million for the 2013 season.
The Giants will try to sign him for a lower price, but Wilson has hinted that he prefers to move on and sign with a new team after learning he would be non-tendered.
Before his injury shortened 2012 season, Wilson went 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 36 saves in 57 appearances in 2011 for the Giants.
The three-time All-Star was one of the league’s most dominant closers before his elbow problems, but given the incredible advances with Tommy John Surgery, I wouldn’t be averse to giving him a shot to close for the Mets.
The procedure is not as scary and career threatening as it once was, and some pitchers are back on a moun...