Dodgers Release Brian Wilson

The Brian Wilson era in Los Angeles is officially over. The Dodgers released Wilson and his beard on Friday and ate the last year of his contract. He would’ve made $9.5 million in 2015. Wilson came to LA during the 2013 season and pitched 18 innings of relief starting in August, pitching to a 0.66 ERA.  That led to the Dodgers re-signing Wilson for two years and close to $20...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers release quirky reliever Wilson, eat nearly $10 million

  Brian Wilson was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night, three days after the heavily bearded reliever was designated for assignment. Los Angeles must pay at least the balance of Wilson's $10 million contract for 2015 to part ways with the reliever who revitalized his career with the Dodgers in 2013. Any major-league team that signs Wilson will pay the minimum $507...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers release reliever Brian Wilson

LOS ANGELES (AP) Brian Wilson has been released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, three days after the heavily bearded reliever was designated for assignment. The Dodgers also announced Friday that catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed by the Chicago Cubs after being designated for assignment Dec. 10. Los Angeles must pay $10 million to part ways with Wilson, who revitalized his career with...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers release Brian Wilson, Red Sox re-sign Craig Breslow

getty images The Dodgers have soured on reliever Brian Wilson. Wilson, 32, was released by the Dodgers on Friday after posting a 4.66 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings in 2014. The bearded right hander should have little trouble attracting the interest of others interested in bullpen help though none of them figure to offer him closing gigs. Wilson exercised...
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Brian Wilson released by Dodgers after unsurprising lack of interest

The Dodgers have released right-handed reliever Brian Wilson, according to the Los Angeles Times‘ Dylan Hernandez. Wilson was recently designated for assignment on Dec. 16, and though that gave the team 10 days to make a deal, it appears that the interest in him was minimal or non-existent. That lack of interest is not surprising, as Wilson had a disaster of a 2014 season. He...
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Los Angeles Dodgers Designate Brian Wilson for Assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated 3 time  all-star Brian Wilson for assignment this afternoon, as the Dodgers announced the move on Twitter: The Dodgers have designated reliever Brian Wilson for assignment to make room for Brandon McCarthy on the 40-man roster. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 16, 2014 As the Dodgers explained, Wilson was DFA’d in order to...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson, make Brandon McCarthy official

During Farhan Zaidi’s press conference discussing the Brandon McCarthy signing, the Dodgers designated Brian Wilson for assignment to make room for McCarthy on the 40-man roster. This is certainly a move some have, for lack of a better term, fantasized about but thought it was a pipe dream of sorts. Then we remember this isn’t Ned Colletti’s front office anymore. “This was...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmie Johnson, Clayton Kershaw duet?

            NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson and National League MVP Clayton Kershaw tried to prove Monday night at the “American Country Countdown Awards” that anyone can sing. The six-time Sprint Cup series champion and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher presented the final award of the night, Artist of the Year, and delivered the flowing...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dodger Bullpen Won’t Be Making A Big-Money Addition

If the season were to start today, the Dodger bullpen would look something like this: R Kenley Jansen L J.P. Howell R Joel Peralta R Brandon League R Brian Wilson R Juan Nicasio L Paco Rodriguez or R Pedro Baez Triple-A: R Yimi Garcia, Rodriguez/Baez, R Mike Bolsinger, L Daniel Coulombe, L Adam Liberatore DL: R Chris Withrow The heart of that group is the one that ended 2014 with...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Wilson exercises 2015 option, will be back with Dodgers

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Brian Wilson exercised his $9.5 million player option on Monday and will return to the much maligned Dodgers’ bullpen in 2015. Sigh. Wilson signed a 2-year deal last offseason that included a player option, hence the reason he will return to the Dodgers. Oh, and the fact that he was awful and he would be foolish to walk away from...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers rumors: Brian Wilson exercises player option for 2015

The Beard will return to Chavez Ravine in 2015. The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Monday afternoon that reliever Brian Wilson has exercised his player option for 2015, meaning that he will once again pitch out of the Dodgers' bullpen.Right-handed pitcher Brian Wilson exercised his option to return to the Dodgers for 2015.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 3, 2014 #456086720...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Brian Wilson exercising 2015 player option

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals in four games and head into the off season with questions following a 94-win season. At sixth in the league in both runs scored and team ERA, the Dodgers appear to have few holes to fill. One area that could be improved is the set up role, as Brian Wilson struggled. Wilson also appears to be exercising his option...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Mailbag #12: Hanley, Player Options, Ethier Trade, Brim, Vin

Mailbag! Send us questions using the form at the right or by emailing thedodgersdigest at gmail dot com. Yoda: does a ws ring change Hanley Ramirez‘ mind about leaving? Nope! Not even a little. It’s been proven again and again that the only thing that changes a player’s mind about free agency are dump trucks of money filled with smaller dump trucks that also contain money...
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September 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Can Brian Wilson Really Dial Up His Velocity In The Playoffs?

Let’s talk about Brian Wilson. Shut up, yes, we have to. After he helped to kick away Saturday’s game, I saw a lot of chatter online about how he didn’t “deserve to make the playoff roster,” and that’s what I was going to talk about today. I wasn’t going to say that he’s good — even the defense that he hadn’t given up an earned run in the previous month is somewhat...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryan Cranston, a.k.a. Walter White, went to the Dodgers game

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) attended the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Tuesday and met one of his heroes Vin Scully: Your browser does not support iframes. Cranston also met the one who beards, Brian Wilson, and Cranston signed a baseball for Wilson as any should have expected him to: Walter White’s dead, though… kind of like Brian Wilson’s command.
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Bryan Cranston, a.k.a. Walter White, went to the Dodgers game

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) attended the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Tuesday and met one of his heroes Vin Scully: Your browser does not support iframes. Cranston also met the one who beards, Brian Wilson, and Cranston signed a baseball for Wilson as any should have expected him to: Walter White’s dead, though… kind of like Brian Wilson’s command.
Via Bloguin Best
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Wilson Is Pitching Better Than You Think He Is

The Dodgers have been a lot of fun to watch lately, haven’t they? Despite a bit of a hiccup in Milwaukee over the weekend, they have a comfortable six-game lead in the NL West and the best playoff odds in the league. It helps that the Giants have been unable to get out of their own way, but only one team, the A’s, can boast of more wins, though both the Angels and the Orioles...
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August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeff Bridges Channels ‘The Big Lebowski,’ Bowls First Pitch (Video)

Jeff Bridges has starred in many movies throughout his acting career, but one of his most memorable roles is from The Big Lebowski where he played The Dude — a California slacker who loved to bowl. Bridges was at Dodger Stadium on Sunday for ceremonial first pitch duties before the Los Angeles Dodgers game against the Chicago Cubs. The 64-year-old actor was there to promote his...
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dude Abides At Chavez Ravine

Jeff Bridges took a very different approach to throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, and actually bowled the pitch. The result was a bunch of folks who were very high in the stands enjoying every minute of it. Not surprisingly, Brian Wilson who was catching for Jeff also loved every minute of it and even gave him the ‘over the line’ response...
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August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jeff Bridges goes Lebowski at Dodgers game

Jeff Bridges bowled a strike during Friday night's Cubs-Dodgers game. He was asked to throw out the first pitch, and that's exactly what he did. But as a tribute to his character in The Big Lebowski, The Dude bowled a strike rather than actually throwing it...
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August 02, 2014  |  4 Comments

Report: Phillies make Cole Hamels available, Dodgers interested

The Philadelphia Phillies may be ready to become “sellers” at this year’s trade deadline. The Phillies are currently out of contention, (46-59) in the NL East, and may trade some of their most valuable major league players in exchange for young talented prospects. One player reportedly available in Philadelphia is pitcher Cole Hamels. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Dodgers’ A.J. Ellis Saves ‘First Kick’

Outside of Brian Wilson looking creepy, as always, this following Vine by the Los Angeles Dodgers is actually pretty awesome. Who are we kidding? Wilson is pretty awesome himself.  World Cup fever is still strong in the United States, even after the USMNT was eliminated from competition. Could this become a new thing? Let’s hope not. Photo: LA Times   The post Watch: Dodgers’...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Time To Step It Up, Dodger Bullpen

What’s the best way to evaluate a major league bullpen? There’s not really an obvious answer in the way that I would go to WAR or wRC+ for hitters, or FIP or xFIP for starting pitchers. It sure as hell isn’t wins, obviously. ERA really doesn’t work there, either, as we saw just a few days ago when Brian Wilson was atrocious and the runs were all charged to Hyun-jin Ryu. It’s...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 6, Marlins 5: Puig is good at baseball, Wilson is not

Yasiel Puig did Yasiel Puig things tonight, as he led the Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Marlins that didn’t come without some adversity (not caused by Puig, mind you). See: Puig went 1-for-3 with a home run (7), two walks and four RBI. The “unproven RBI guy” has a team-best 29 of them on the season. He has a 12-game hitting streak and has hit in 18 of his last 20 games...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Wilson look-alike fan goes a little overboard reacting to calls (Video)

Brian Wilson is one of the most unique-looking players in MLB, so it makes sense that he would have some fans trying to copy his look. In fact, one showed up to Nationals Park on Monday to cheer him on during the Dodgers’ 4-0 loss to the Nationals. The guy had the big black beard […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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