The eccentric wild haired hurler Brian Wilson may be back in Dodger Blue. Talks broke down between Wilson and the Tigers, so he turned back to his former club where he sported a sub 1.00 ERA and shows signs of his former dominant closer self throughout his tenure.
The Dodgers don’t need any more “closers” in the bullpen, as their current one is pretty awesome, in Kenley Jansen. Brandon League, the former closer, is making closer money, but has been almost completely banished from any competitive games. Keeping Brian Wilson in the 8th makes the 8-9th inning punch one of the best in baseball. It also doesn’t hurt to have a quality closer as a backup in case of injury or rest.
Filling in the other remaining relief innings will no longer be done by Ronald Belisario, as he was not tenured like fellow pitchers Jansen and Clayton Kershaw. Getting over the loss of Belly won’t take much time; not only was his terribly inconsistent the last season, he never makes spring training on time, which is annoying. The last two years Ronald would show up weeks late to spring training for visa issues, then start the season behind schedule and out of shape. A near 4.00 ERA last season is something the Dodgers don’t need, especially with other other young, more reliable hard throwers in the bullpen in Onelki Garcia, Chris Withrow and Jose Dominguez, who’s fastballs ring the bell of the latest Hunger Games movie by “catching fire.”
Dropping Belly, not grabbing Johnson from the Orioles make plenty of room for Wilson to return. Let’s hope the Dodgers bundle League and someone else to grab another piece of the puzzle.