SATURDAY: The Dodgers officially announced Wilson's signing via press release.
THURSDAY, 9:19pm: Wilson has passed his physical, so the deal is now official, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets.
1:39pm: The Dodgers have reached an agreement with reliever Brian Wilson, tweets Yahoo's Tim Brown. It's a one-year, $10MM deal with a second year player option. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (on Twitter) that the option's value is $9MM, meaning that Wilson is guaranteed at least $19MM on this two-year pact. Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio tweets that Wilson has another $700K of incentives built into each year of the deal.
Though Wilson will be receiving closer money from the Dodgers, he's fine with setting up Kenley Jansen if that's how it works out, notes Brown. Paying Wilson closer money can be offset by the fact that Jansen will be paid more like a setup man, as he projects to earn $4.8MM in arbitration this offseason, per MLBTR's Matt Swartz.
Wilson signed a $1MM, Major League contract with the Dodgers on July 30th last year after a long recovery from April 2012 Tommy John surgery. He returned in late August in dominant fashion, yielding just one run with a 21-to-6 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings between the regular season and the playoffs. His strong showing put him in line for a significant payday on the free agent market, and there was widespread interest in the bearded flamethrower. The Tigers, Mariners and Rockies were among the other teams interested in Wilson.
Wilson's player option is a nice safeguard for he and his agents at the MVP Sports Group. Should he thrive in Los Angeles as he did over his brief tenure there in 2013, he will hit the open market in the 2014-15 offseason as perhaps the top closer on the free agent market, positioning himself for a significant payday entering his age-33 season. Should he fall to injury or suffer a down season, he can simply elect to take a $9MM payday and look to cash in heading into his age-34 season, which we've seen numerous relievers do. Wilson's $10MM guarantee is slightly more than the one-year, $8.5MM guarantee that MLBTR's Steve Adams pegged him for in his free agent profile of Wilson back in late October.
Steve Adams contributed to this post. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.
No the facts!!! He got hurt in 2012 and got paid 9 million for the year and only 1.5 innings of work. Then SF did not pick up his option for another 9 mil. SF then allowed him to rehab with them while they tried to work out a new deal. But when he didn’t get what he wanted he threw a fit and cried all the way to LA for less money for one month of work. he was loved in the Bay Area!! But Brian Wilson is all about greed.
I’m surprised the Angels didn’t make a harder push to sign him. BW wanted to be on the West Coast and the Angels are pressed for starting and relief pitching. They could have sealed the 9th with the signing with Frieri pitching more comfortably in the 8th inning role.
He really needs to shave that beard. It’s nasty. I appreciate a nice beard but his is gross
but their 9th inning guy is getting paid like an 8th inning guy, not to mention less than Brandon League !
It’s too much for ANY reliever. Closers aren’t hard to find or develop for much less if you have a good development system and coaches.
I’m not sure what games you were watching, then. When he first got back he was throwing 90-91, yes, and his velocity gradually got up to 92-93 by the end of the regular season, and then up a notch in the postseason. I’m sure he was just saving his bullets for the postseason. And as I said, he doesn’t even need to throw 96 to get guys out. Low-90’s is more than fine. Jansen often barely throws over 90 if it’s a back-to-back appearance, for example.
Richard S. Horowitz
I would not get rid of Gardner. The leadoff of Ellsbury and Gardner is a nice touch. I would get rid of Ichiro, Wells, and Romine.