Saturday, December 01, 2012

Brian Wilson vs. Melky Cabrera

What in the world am I talking about? I was glancing through Chris Haft's recap of the Giants non-tendering Wilson and came across this -- 

Wilson reached his zenith in 2010, when the Giants won the World Series for the first time since the franchise's relocation to San Francisco in 1958. He saved 48 games, matching Beck's 1993 single-season club mark. Wilson performed even better in the postseason, yielding no earned runs and recording six saves in 10 appearances. He threw the final pitch in each postseason round -- coaxing Melky Cabrera's groundout at Atlanta in Game 4 of their National League Division Series, slipping a called third strike past Ryan Howard at Philadelphia in Game 6 of the NLCS, and fanning Nelson Cruz at Texas in Game 5 of the World Series.  

According to Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle, Wilson will now join Cabrera as an ex-Giant  --

The Giants signaled they were not willing to offer Wilson the required minimum guarantee of $6.8 million without knowing when he would return in 2013 and how effective he would be.
A lack of budget space for a team that is not significantly raising payroll also factored into the equation.
The Giants technically can negotiate a lower-priced, incentive-rich deal with Wilson now that he is a free agent, but multiple sources said the 30-year-old right-hander is upset about the Giants' stance and has told people he will sign elsewhere.
Wilson is recovering from a second elbow-reconstruction surgery. General manager Brian Sabean said Friday afternoon that Wilson's rehab is proceeding "really at a snail's pace at this time, which is not unexpected. He's throwing 60 feet, flat ground."
Wilson did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment, but his camp believes he will receive numerous big-league contract offers at more than what the Giants were willing to pay.
Wilson was the Giants' only arbitration-eligible player not offered a contract. Sergio Romo, Jose Mijares, Santiago Casilla, Buster Posey, Joaquin Arias, Hunter Pence and Gregor Blanco all were tendered and are considered signed players. Only the dollar figure needs to be negotiated or arbitrated.


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