Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 12/2/12
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 mound in
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