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Before 12:01 a.m. Saturday, teams must decide whether to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Those who don’t get offers will become free agents.
One player worth watching: San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson.
Not long ago, Wilson was an elite closer, averaging 41 saves per season from 2008-11, throwing the clinching pitch of the 2010 World Series and gaining notoriety for his runaway, jet-black beard and quirky personality. But he had Tommy John elbow surgery for the second time in his career in April, and the Giants won another World Series without him.
By going to arbitration, Wilson would see his annual salary rise from $8.5 million, and although the Giants want to keep him, they prefer to pay him less, an industry source told the Herald this week. If the 30-year-old right-hander becomes a free agent, the source suggested he may draw interest from the Red Sox, Dodgers and Phillies, among other teams.
Herald: Wilson may be a target
Scott Lauber brings up an interesting view by saying the Sox could consider bringing in Wilson on a short term, low salary deal to further bolster the bullpen. We've seen this trick before, bringing in a former closer to work in a non closer role and it ended in disaster. (But Eric Gagne still got himself a ring!)
But with Buster Olney mentioning that Andrew Bailey could be available, the Sox could sign Wilson and then trade Bailey. This of course would not only plummet Bailey's already low trade value considering the Sox wouldn't need him anymore, they would be replacing him with someone that is older & somehow even more banged up than Bailey.
Wilson had himself a strong run as closer from 2008 to 2011, but after coming off of his second Tommy John surgery and moving from the NL West to the AL East, he shouldn't be on the Sox radar for the bullpen or the closer role.
Also, I wouldn't want him here for the fact that the way he carries himself, would drive the media CRAZY. I don't mind him but i can see the scathing article Shaughnessy would write if he had a 5.05 ERA and continues with the bizarre behavior. It would not end well.
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I know you probably don’t want to see another post about Brian Wilson possibly heading to the hated Dodgers if he doesn’t come back to the San Francisco Giants.
Seeing a photoshop picture of Wilson in a Dodgers uniform has really got fans fired up. Some are ready to cut the umbilical cord between the Giants and their homegrown son Wilson.
Let’s take a step back, and see...
After the Yankees learned that Soriano had opted out of his contract. And if Mariano Rivera had decided not to return for another season, the Yankees might have felt insecure about the back end of their bullpen. And if Brian Wilson was non-tendered by the Giants as has been speculated, the stars might have aligned to bring Brian Wilson to New York. Can you imagine?
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says (via Twitter) GM Brian Sabean is not active in trade talks, and the bullpen could stand-pat. Santiago Casilla and the San Francisco Giants have had conceptual talks about a multi-year deal. In another tweet, Baggarly says Sabean confirmed that there’s an openness to a multi-year deal with catcher Buster Posey, and not necessarily with outfielder...
With Friday’s deadline looming to tender Brian Wilson a contract. The San Francisco Giants are starting to hear the buzz of other teams that might be looking to add Wilson to their bullpen mix.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com says (via Twitter) the Red Sox could have interest in the New Hampshire native Wilson. Rosenthal also points out that Wilson lives in Southern California...
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle points out that if the San Francisco Giants don’t tender a contract to Brian Wilson by Friday, he will becomes a free agent.
We have all speculated that the team would offer him a lower base salary with a ton of incentives if Wilson can produce on the field. I don’t think any Giants fans are ready to see the beard wearing any other...
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With the exclusive arbitration-eligible offers ending at the 9 p.m. deadline tonight, the San Francisco Giants have had a quiet offseason thus far. Although they have only re-signed bullpen lefty Jeremy Affeldt to a new three-year deal, the Giants have been involved in rumor whispers surrounding several players. Here is what to expect after tonight’s deadline...
Today is the day that the San Francisco Giants must tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players. The deadline is at 9 p.m. Pacific Time.
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter) believes the Giants will tender contracts to everyone except Brian Wilson. Below is the arbitration eligible players.
As expected Brian Wilson was not tendered a contract at tonight's deadline. He is a free agent.
It's possible he could still come back to the Giants but the reports seemed to indicate the team and Wilson were quite far apart on how much they valued the relief pitcher's services.
Coming off his second Tommy John Surgery it makes sense that the Giants would be cautious...
The fireman position in baseball has been long gone thanks to the five man rotation and the realm of the speciality bullpen arms. Bullpens are intricately built for numerous late game situations, with LOOGYs and ROOGYs and the like evolving from the multiple-inning relievers of old who took on all comers. But one man has a chance to bring back that very position if his performance...
The glow of the World Series fades with winter’s arrival. When the nights are far too dark and cold for baseball you know it’s time to start talking free agency. The San Francisco Giants won’t have any major headlines this offseason, but their new acquisitions must be perfect fits for the team to contend next year.
With the nouveau-rich Dodgers able to burn mountains of cash...
Brian Wilson and his overgrown black beard might be headed out of the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract to the closer by Friday night's deadline, making him a free agent as he recovers from a second ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow.
Wilson was the 2010 major league saves leader with 48, but made only two appearances for...
I know, I know, Romo has a beard…but it’s always changing. After all, he started this year with the Melky chinstrap beard, as many guys grew, before getting it bigger. Last year, there was the Millard Fillmore (which was my favorite.
The Many Facial Hairs of Sergio Romo
You simply can’t market something that changes so much.
And the others? Well, soul patches just aren’t...
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Well this is an interesting possibility. Scott Lauber, former Phillies writer and current Red Sox writer for the Boston Globe had a very interesting reaction to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal mentioned that the Dodgers and Red Sox were possible landing places for Giants closer Brian Wilson. Lauber chimed in:
Now, of course, if the...
The Rangers are favorites to land Zack Greinke, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.
For what it’s worth, I was told today the #Rangers are the favorites for Greinke. It could all just be posturing now. Wait and see.
That goes against what Jim Bowden of ESPN said though.
Los Angeles Dodgers are considered the front runner for Zack Greinke according to source...
The nontender deadline has come and gone, and several notable players are among the batch of players looking for work.
Rays: Ben Francisco
Blue Jays: Bobby Wilson
Rangers: Geovany Soto, Brandon Snyder
Orioles: Mark Reynolds
Red Sox: Rich Hill, Ryan Sweeney
Indians: Jack Hannahan, Rafael Perez
Tigers: Daniel Schlereth
Nationals: John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny