Reliever Brian Wilson, who played a critical role in San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series victory, is set to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
The erstwhile closer for the San Francisco Giants has agreed to a contract to finish the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Yahoo! sources said Tuesday.
Closer Brian Wilson, who played such an integral role in San Francisco’s 2010 World Series win, has chosen to sign with the Dodgers, according to sources.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement to sign reliever Brian Wilson, according to a person directly involved in the negotiations but unauthorized to make the official announcement.
Wilson has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery, his second, in April of last year. The 31-year-old will be sent to the minor league for rehab assignment before joining the Dodgers.
Wilson will report to the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Arizona, then move along to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, according to sources. Assuming all goes well, he is expected to join the Dodgers around mid-August. He signed a minor-league deal, running only through 2013.
Several clubs were interested in Wilson’s services, and the Dodgers have been in search for help at the closer position.
The Dodgers have been seeking bullpen help, specifically an eighth-inning man who can work as a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen. Wilson, described by one scout who watched him work out last week at UCLA as “getting close” to major-league ready, has plenty of late-inning experience.
Wilson made his MLB debut for the Giants in 2006, and has become a fan favorite with his flamboyant personality and long beard. The hashtag #FearTheBeard is commonly used with mentions of Wilson.
Brian Wilson is the newest member of the @Dodgers. #FearTheBeard