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Brian Wilson and Giants “not exactly seeing eye to eye”

Nov 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Brian Wilson has started throwing again after missing nearly the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but his days with the Giants could be numbered.

Friday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players and Wilson seems all but certain to be non-tendered by the Giants after being paid $8.5 million in 2012.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement the least Wilson could make in 2013 if offered arbitration by the Giants is $6.8 million–a 20 percent pay cut from $8.5 million–but according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle the Giants have no interest in guaranteeing him that much money.

According to Schulman the Giants would still like to sign Wilson for a lesser salary, but the two sides “are not exactly seeing eye to eye” in negotiations and if they can’t work something out by Friday he’ll become a free agent.

It makes little sense for the Giants to commit $6.8 million or more to Wilson considering he’s such a huge question mark at age 31. Even setting aside his uncertain health status few relief pitchers are worth that much of a commitment in the first place and the Royals just made a similar decision in declining their $8 million option on Joakim Soria after Tommy John surgery cost him the whole season.

Based on Schulman’s report it sounds like Wilson might turn down a lesser salary from the Giants based partly on hurt feelings, but the odds of him snagging even $5 million in guaranteed money for 2013 on the open market seem pretty long.

  1. kkolchak - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Not seeing eye to eye? Gee, I can’t imagine why. Nobody wants to get into a stare down with that dude.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      Which is why I picked him for my fantasy stare down team.

      • sportsdrenched - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

        You’ll still lose. I have Frank Martin.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Brewers need bullpen help. They should throw a 2 year deal worth around $5-6 million and see if he bites.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Considering his reputation he might bite alright. Bite the hand offering the contract!

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

        Ha! Bullpen guys are always a crapshoot anyways. Its an idea, I don’t expect it to actually happen.

    • bougin89 - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      I was thinking the same thing reading this article but I was thinking offering him a 1 year deal with incentives. Maybe a 1 year 4.5 million guaranteed deal with another 2 million in playing time incentives. We definitely need the bullpen help and although their would be a risk with Wilson their could be a high reward.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        There would certainly be a risk bit it may be worth a look at the least. Crew spent $10 million once on Eric Gagne for 1 year so it wouldn’t be their biggest albatross contract ever.

  3. thomas2727 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    This was the 2nd Tommy John for Wilson.

    I am confident the Giants and their fans want him back. But it has the be for the right price.

  4. barroomhero80 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Maybe that stupid ass beard is getting in the way

    • historiophiliac - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM


  5. willclarkgameface - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    It’s now the Sergio Romo era in San Francisco. Deal with THAT Brian.

    And shave already. It’s not 2010 anymore.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      /throws peanut shells

    • nategearhart - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      So you’re saying beards were only cool from the beginning of time until two years ago? Yeah that makes a lot of sense.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        Exactly. Pretty much every Civil War hero says: bite me.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Further proof that being a crazy person doesn’t get you more money.

    • alexo0 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      “Hurt feelings”? I find that hard to believe. Wilson seems like such an emotionally stable guy.

  7. stex52 - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Oh gosh, we may have to find some new wacky, lovable relief pitcher to entertain us next year??

    They’re a dime a dozen. Next.

  8. jm91rs - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Dude got 8 million and a World Series ring last year for riding the bench. I think it’s a little petty of him to turn down a fair offer over just “hurt feelings”.

  9. deepstblu - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Too bad the House of David isn’t still around to make him an offer.

    • thomas2727 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Love the House of David reference. My favorite pic of Babe Ruth is of him with a bad House of David beard

  10. anxovies - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Maybe the Yankees will sign him and we can finally find out what’s under the beard. My guess? He’s a chinless wonder.

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