MLB: LA Dodgers Sign Pitcher Brian Wilson

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced they have signed reliever and former All-Star Brian Wilson for the rest of the season.

Jul 30 2013, 9:47pm CDT | by

MLB: LA Dodgers Sign Pitcher Brian Wilson
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Brian Wilson is taking his "Fear the Beard" act to the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

The Dodgers signed Wilson for the rest of the 2013 MLB season, as reported on the team's official website. Manager Don Mattingly said Wilson will pitch in several rehab games at the team's minor league complex in Arizona before being called up to the Dodgers. General manager Ned Colletti says this process will take two to three weeks.  

Colletti said Wilson, who has missed most of the past two seasons due to Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, should be a tremendous asset once he regains his top form. 

"We all know what he's capable of through his career and from '08-'11 maybe more saves than (Mariano) Rivera, who's a Hall of Famer times 10. If he gets back closer to that, it'll be tremendous. We know he's a competitor and the success he's had. It's a matter of health and being sharp."

Colletti was refering to the three-year span in which Wilson led the majors with 163 saves. 

Wilson, the closer on the San Francisco Giants' 2010 World Series championship team, was particularly annoyed the Giants did not offer a contract after his second surgery ended his 2012 season, per USA Today Sports' Bob Nightengale. Now, he will be pitching for their National League West rivals.  

His signing with the Dodgers comes at a time when they are in need of bullpen depth, particularly an eighth-inning reliever who can help set the stage for closer Kenley Jansen, notes CBS Sports Senior Baseball Columnist Scott Miller.

Mattingly, who said team representatives were happy with the way Wilson threw in front of scouts last week, supports this argument. 

"One thing we talked about was that quality power on the back end. It's one of the areas we felt could still help us."

This will mark Wilson's first team change since he was drafted by the Giants in 2003. 




Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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