When your payroll is already the highest in Major League Baseball history, what’s another $1 million, right? The Los Angeles Dodgers brought to you by Guggenheim Baseball Management have reportedly signed former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson to a 1-year deal worth $1 million.
Brian Wilson has chosen to sign with Dodgers, according to source. Had three offers. Will start in minors.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 30, 2013
The Dodgers welcomed Brian Wilson to the organization on Twitter, kind of.
This is of course not the bearded reliever who will be starting in the minors, but Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys who among other accomplishments performed and sang the national anthem at Opening Day last season.
The Dodgers won’t fear the beard anymore, but only fear that the beard has nothing left. He last appeared in a game in April 2012 before undergoing Tommy John Surgery. But considering where we are now in the history of civilization, with how many players have and return from Tommy John Surgery, there is no reason to believe he won’t be back in the Majors. We can rebuild him.
So considering that it makes perfect sense that he will start in the minors for the Dodgers. Consider it some rehab appearances. Barring tragic results in the minors, Brian Wilson will be with the big club by September. If Carlos Marmol can, then certainly Brian Wilson can.
What I worry about is adding Brian Wilson to a clubhouse that is finally gelling. Yasiel Puig is the firecracker that gets this team going, but he is also the person the vets have to babysit to a certain degree. Wilson is not a young rookie, but he might need babysitting. The spandex-tuxedo wearing, wise mouth Wilson is more known for his personality than his 3.21 career ERA and 171 Saves. By all accounts he was a great teammate in San Francisco, but if he is anything else it’s definitely a wild card.
Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported Wilson had offers from 3 other teams, and he elected to sign with the Dodgers, who have been the best team in baseball in the last month. If he helps the Dodgers and their meek bullpen win games, Dodgers fans will completely forget that he ever was a member of the Giants. So this is a very logical move by the Dodgers to add a free agent reliever to their makeshift bullpen.