Friday, February 01, 2013

The murky Wilson future

Lefty Malo believes that the Brian Wilson isn't going to get an MLB deal with another team, not with a second Tommy John surgery. He speculates that Wilson might sign a minor league deal with the Giants. There's also a Gif in the post showing Wilson's last and only save last year.  

It happened on April 12 and Marco Scutaro made the last out.  

Anyhow, here's part of the verbiage --  If Wilson shows signs before Opening Day that he might be back within a couple months, the Giants could really use him. It's not just a nostalgia trip or a marketing ploy. The Giants have spent handsomely this winter on Santiago Casilla, Jeremy Affeldt and -- coming soon -- Sergio Romo, but it feels more and more likely that Wilson will be very affordable. And frankly, having another bullpenner with closing experience would be an excellent thing. Romo showed doubters he could handle regular closer duties down the stretch. He might well prove he can do it an entire year. But if Wilson agrees to play mainly for incentives, or to re-build his value for 2014, he'd provide a nice security blanket. An itchy, sweaty, dyed-black security blanket.

It would make for some awkwardness, but far less so with the Giants than with other teams who aren't used to his smarmy -- er, hilarious -- antics. A looming Brian Wilson who might or might not be the closer is not going to make Sergio Romo bristle about potentially losing his closer mantle. Bruce Bochy has proven he can handle a bullpen with unsettled roles; the guys coming back shouldn't have a problem with it, either.


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