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To remain with the Giants, Brian Wilson will have to do something that he avoids on the mound: compromise.
The Giants declined to tender a 2013 contract Friday to Wilson, the
pugnacious closer who never gives in to hitters. This sent him into free
agency and cast his future with the club into doubt.
With baseball's Winter Meetings slated to start Monday in Nashville,
Tenn., general manager Brian Sabean said that the Giants were stalled in
efforts to achieve their top goals -- retaining second baseman Marco
Scutaro and center fielder Angel Pagan, both free agents. "If we don't
have a deal, that tells you we're not close," Sabean said in a
Wilson, 30, remained eligible to sign with the Giants, the only
organization he has played for since he was selected in the 24th round
of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. But nothing indicated that the
parties were progressing toward an agreement.
MLB.com: Brian Wilson non-tendered by Giants, enters free-agency
Ben talked about this on Thursday, and it looks like the Sox will at least talk to Wilson. Hopefully they won't offer him much money, just because he is so beat up.
Brian Wilson's image and endorsements have left some people blind to what he has actually done and had done recently. Two Tommy-John surgeries and nearly an entire season missed will make Wilson a huge liability if he is in fact brought in to replace Andrew Bailey. If the Sox bring him in to suppliment the bullpen and keep Bailey, then they will have 2 beat up "closers". I quote closers because these guys have missed so much time recently, that they haven't been very effective in their roles.
The one up-side in bringing someone like Wilson in would be his funny, crazy behavior, which could be a very good thing for this franchise. If done right. On Thursday, Ben thought he and the Boston media would not mix well, resulting in a bad ending.
If the Sox bring him in just as a middle reliever on short money, I would not be opposed. If he becomes the closer, then we will have a problem. Just have to wait and see if the Sox make him an offer.
On Page 2, Victor Rodriguez named assistant hitting coach
The Red Sox added a second hitting instructor to their coaching staff Friday, naming Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach. The announcement comes one day after the Red Sox named Greg Colbrunn hitting coach.
Rodriguez, 51, has spent the last six seasons -- from 2007-12 -- as
Boston’s minor-league hitting coordinator, a position he also held in
2002. For three seasons, from 2004-06, he was the club’s Latin field
coordinator after serving as a minor league-hitting instructor in 2003.
CSNNE: Red Sox name Victor Rodriguez assistant hitting coach
Congratulations on the promotion Victor, I am sure you deserved it!
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Globe: Red Sox announce deal with Jonny Gomez | Interesting non-tenders the Sox could consider
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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...
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...
Can you imagine The Beard on the Red Sox? Apparently the flamboyant closer can.
Brian Wilson is interested in joining the Red Sox, Dodgers and Angels, and he’s still interested in re-joining his teammates in San Francisco, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN. All four locations make sense for Wilson. He grew up in New Hampshire and is a huge Boston sports fan, and he lives in Los Angeles...
Free agent right-hander Brian Wilson, who was cut loose by the San Francisco Giants Friday, has interest in signing with the Los Angeles
Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and his former team, reports Jim
Bowden of ESPN.
Brian Wilson has interest in Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Red Sox according to source
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 1, 2012
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...
This comes from Hank Schulman’s tweet on Friday…
Yes, I’m told Wilson feels disrespected by #sfgiants, tho one person who knows him said he’s “pouting” and could change mind about return.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) December 1, 2012
On one hand, Brian Wilson has a point about pitching himself into injury for the Giants.
On the other hand, it would seem to have...
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 San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract with closer Brian Wilson by Friday night's deadline, allowing him to become a free agent.
Wilson, who is recovering from a second ligament-replacement surgery on his right elbow, made only two appearances for the World Series champions this year after suffering the elbow injury in April. He underwent Click Link...
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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...
As most everybody knows by now, the Dodgers are in on Zack Greinke and desperately want him to be a part of the club.
Dodgers executives met with Zack Greinke in Los Angeles yesterday, Yahoo’s Tim Brown reported last night.
The Dodgers view Greinke as critical to their pitching staff, Brown reports. Greinke is believed to have enjoyed pitching for the Angels during the second half...
The Winter Meetings are almost upon us, as the Dodgers prepare for their first Winter Meetings under the Guggenheim era. The Dodgers are expected to be busy and ready to spend big.
On the free agent market after being non-tendered by the Giants earlier this week, Brian Wilson, who has said his first preference is with the Dodgers. This rumor could definitely gain some momentum...
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...
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.
Here are a few Hot Stove notes as we approach the Winter Meetings. Stay with us the entire week as we provide around the clock coverage of the Meetings.
-The Dodgers are not expected to sign Brian Wilson and his beard, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports. Wilson who lives in LA expressed interest in joining the Dodgers, Angels and Red Sox, after the Giants non-tendered him a...
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