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Giants GM Brian Sabean doesn’t expect Brian Wilson to return

Jan 19, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

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This has been assumed in recent days, especially with the club reportedly deep in talks with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, but in comments to Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of the New York Post earlier today, Giants general manager Brian Sabean all but ruled out Brian Wilson’s return to the club.

“I’m going to be brutally honest as I always am, I don’t [think Wilson will return],” Sabean said during an event in Midtown on Saturday. “In this case, where you are getting a second Tommy John…it’s the type of rehab where he’s still not further up along to judge exactly where he may be able to come back in major league fashion, let alone as a closer.”

Wilson had the second Tommy John surgery of his career last April and was non-tendered by the Giants following the season. Sabean is still open to bringing him back on a one-year, incentive-laden contract, but he expects that the bearded reliever will be “more in the mindset to do that with somebody else, than coming back with us.”

Wilson had a private workout with the Mets last weekend, but the club reportedly came away unimpressed. Still, they haven’t closed the door on offering him a major league deal.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Hurt arm and tired act.

  2. xpensivewinos - Jan 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I hope the Yankees sign him just so he has to shave……

    • dan1111 - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:49 AM

      I am perplexed by this contingent of people who hate the beard so much. No one’s forcing you to look at him. If you don’t like it, go look at pictures of the Yankees’ roster instead.

  3. 8nflfan7 - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    you hereing dis dodgers sign dis dude asap….

    • protius - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      I hear your English teacher slit her throat.

  4. sassiestsf - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Why all the schadenfreude about Wilson? Like Robb Nenn, he sacrificed his arm to get the team to postseason wins. I have no problem with the Giants making a business decision about his usefulness, and I don’t feel sorry for Wilson either, who’s made plenty during his career. But give him his due.

  5. smcgaels1997 - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Yes please LA sign him and watch 1 pitch and he goes down

  6. mungman69 - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    If the Mets don’t want him…

  7. rbern11162 - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Shave that beard you commy

  8. thebigtim2012 - Jan 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Can’t stand him. Him and paplebon are the biggest frauds in baseball. Good for a few seasons till hitters figured em out now all they are is a lotta mouth and big eras

    • dan1111 - Jan 20, 2013 at 3:46 AM

      Wow, Papelbon is such a huge fraud that he managed to trick baseball-reference.com into posting these stats for 2012:

      2.44 ERA (164 ERA+), 38 saves, 90 K in 70 IP.

      But even if Papelbon hadn’t been one of the most dominant relievers in baseball last season, calling someone a “fraud” because he didn’t pitch well or needs Tommy John surgery is just stupid. As if they intentionally tricked people into thinking they were good for some reason.

  9. sw19womble - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Good luck to Brian wherever he ends up.

    As long as it’s not the Dodgers. :)

  10. spetznaz777 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    i think brian was a breath of fresh air from the robotic company talk from players or the diva-ism (im sure that is not a word) of others. im sure he will find work somewhere but his alter ego will probably have to stay at home.

  11. blabidibla - Jan 20, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    Thanks for the memories.

  12. ray1950 - Jan 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    I fail to see why anyone would be excited about this guy. He’s more hype than anything else. In 320 career innings — all in relief — Wilson has allowed 286 hits and 142 walks.

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