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The Mets were not impressed by Brian Wilson

Jan 16, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

Giants Wilson Baseball AP

As you know, Brian Wilson worked out for the Mets the other day. Color them unimpressed, reports Mike Puma:

According to a baseball source Tuesday, the veteran closer didn’t impress the Mets during his workout at UCLA on Saturday and wasn’t deemed worthy of a major league contract at this point in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Wilson, the source said, wasn’t interested in a minor league deal.

“Physically, he’s not ready,” the source said. “He’s got a ways to go.”

But … he’s black ops, yes?

If that’s really the assessment — that he’s not there physically — one wonders if he’d be able to find a better situation mid-season, when lots of teams are looking for a bullpen arm.

  1. dcfan4life - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Waiting may best serve him since hes likely getting a 1 year deal regardless. If he waits, is stronger and better, he can come in and help a team and use that for his next contract.

  2. sdelmonte - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    His beard, however, was offered a 10 day contract by the Houston Rockets, who want a reliable backup for James Harden’s beard.

  3. professormaddog31 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    The spousal unit has swore off Taco Bell ever since Wilson did those XL Chalupa commercials, so even if he’s not saving games, he’s saving me money.

    • jl9830 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I’m sure you’re saving tons of money not eating at the cheapest restaurant around. Newsflash: the replacement meal is likely as or more costly than taco bell would be.

      • professormaddog31 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        Wow, I knew it was a bad joke, but I didn’t think it was that bad.

      • anxovies - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        As we all know from the Stallone/Wesley Snipes movie, “Demolition Man,” all restaurants will be Taco Bell in the future.

    • bolweevils2 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Are you saying your wife has found something even cheaper to eat than Taco Bell? That must be some good eats.

      • bolweevils2 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:34 AM

        Wife or husband I guess I should have said.

      • professormaddog31 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Personally, I find Taco Bell as appetizing as I do roadkill, but the idea of B. Wilson’s nasty beard anywhere near questionable food products was enough to give us both stomach aches. So perhaps I should have said he saved us calories and possibly from food poisoning, too. 😛

  4. vanquish0916 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Missed opportunity to pull out the McKayla is Not Impressed photo

  5. djpostl - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Dude is beyond over-rated. He’s had one “very good” season, two “good” seasons (and even that is being nice, 2011 really shouldn’t be considered a good season) and a whole lot of self-promotion.

    • yahmule - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:38 AM

      Self promotion? Are you implying Wilson’s wacky antics are contrived? But he’s a relief pitcher. They’re all eccentric and stuff.

      • anthonyverna - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        I don’t think anyone needs to imply that his wacky antics are contrived.

    • thomas2727 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      To say Wilson is “beyond over-rated” is preposterous. He had a 4 year stretch from 2008-2011 where I am pretty sure he had more saves than any other closer in the league. He had 163, Mariano Rivera had 160.

      Not saying he is not a clown. But give the guy a little credit for his resume.

      That being said I think he is out of his mind with what he perceives to be his current market value.

      Everybody knows that closer’s not named Mariano Rivera generally have a short shelf life and get kicked to the curb. I hope Wilson can get back to the player he was but the second Tommy John makes me wonder.

      Think of how many closer’s the past 20 years had a couple seasons with huge save totals and then dropped off the face of the earth so to speak.

      • macjacmccoy - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        saves as a stat is “beyond over-rated” . People using save totals as an indicator of talent are “beyond over rated”. Put Wilson on the Astros instead of the Giants during that 4 year stretch and he doesnt come close to 163.

      • thomas2727 - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        There is a mountain of evidence that shows the number of wins a team gets has very little correlation to the number of saves the team’s closer’s will have. You merely got called out for throwing crap on the wall that did not stick. I will let you use Google to do your own research to figure it out. Wilson has many other stats that indicate to any novice baseball fan that he was not beyond overrated. Once again I will let you Google them. If you want respond with a real debate fine. If you merely want to troll and throw crap on the wall I will simply ignore you.

    • Tick - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Wilson might be the most annoying, transparent, loathsome athelete that’s ever played any sport. How anyone wasn’t tired of his Judah Friedlander on acid schtick a few weeks after he started playing this character is beyond me. I’m sure he’s more worried about losing his celebrity status and endorsement deals than actually playing baseball again.

      • jkcalhoun - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Of all the possible choices and all the possible reasons, this is the guy you choose to loathe the most?

      • Tick - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Yes, this is who I loathe the most. At least most players that are assholes are genuine assholes. This guy’s just wearing an asshole costume for attention.

      • tripleg3 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        so true he is really annoying

  6. joshfrancis50 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    So the Mets are just like everybody else?

  7. alexo0 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Brian Wilson was impressed by Brian Wilson.

  8. jkcalhoun - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Even a bad audition for the Mets is good preparation for future auditions for major league baseball teams.

    • macjacmccoy - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      When “America’s Car Accident” tells you your not good enough to play on their team, that’s the moment you know your career is over.

  9. zipsports - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Like someone else mentioned I think Wilson just signs a one year deal someplace. Hopefully for him he can build his arm strength back up and regain his old form. If he does that some team will open up the bank for him.

  10. Walk - Jan 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Even if the mets were impressed they have to potentially negoitate a contract. No way they should not take this stance if they think they can lowball him and make him think they are doing him a favor. Not saying thats is what is happening here but good chance it may be and if they are the potential is to pick up a good bull pen arm for an incentive laden contract.

  11. bbk1000 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    This would indicate the Mets have the ability to recognize talent…..they don’t….

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