Update: Brian Wilson‘s deal is a guaranteed major league deal, according to Jerry Crasnick, and Jim Bowden says it’s worth $1MM plus performance bonuses. Not too big of a gamble for the Dodgers at this point. Anything on the trade market would have been a much bigger risk, plus this deal doesn’t cost the Dodgers any prospects.
Update: The tentative plan for Wilson is to begin at the Dodgers’ complex in Arizona, then go to Rancho Cucamonga, and then report to the Dodgers in two weeks, tweets Brown. In theory, the signing should take the Dodgers out of the bullpen trade market. Thus, allowing them to focus on the infield and starting rotation again.
Well, that didn’t last very long now did it? It’s official. The Dodgers have signed free agent reliever Brian Wilson, tweets Tim Brown. The Beard will officially don the Dodger blue. Not sure how I feel about this yet. He’s had a long road to recovery from April 2012 Tommy John surgery. He’s been impressing scouts over the last couple weeks. Now, he’s a Los Angeles Dodger. After spending his his entire career with the San Francisco Giants, being one of the best closers in all of baseball, racking up a whopping 171 saves, Brian Wilson is a freaking Dodger. Go figure.
For me it is going to be tough to get on board with “The Beard.” It is like Barry Bonds becoming a Dodger. Something just isn’t right about it. I have literally despised this guy for the last six years. Now I’m suddenly expected to root for the guy? I don’t think so. He’s got a lot to prove in my opinion. I bleed Dodger blue, Wilson does not. He’s tainted with the orange and black. I’m not really sure how I should feel right now. Time will eventually tell. If he can do what he did in San Francisco here in Los Angeles, become the elite once again, fill the void left by Eric Gagne, then maybe I can eventually swallow my pride a bit. This is the game of baseball in 2013, I get it. No different than what happens with the Yankees and Red Sox. Still, it’s not easy. Maybe if Brian Wilson dyed his beard blue…