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Bruce Bochy hints at possible Brian Wilson return to Giants

Feb 7, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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General manager Brian Sabean said a couple weeks ago that Brian Wilson re-signing with the Giants was a long shot, but manager Bruce Bochy left the door open a bit more yesterday.

Chris Haft of MLB.com sets the scene for Bochy’s talk with the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, which involved answering questions from the audience:

Emphasizing that Sabean decides which players to sign, Bochy said, “I can’t say that [Wilson] will be back.” But, Bochy added, “I can’t say the door’s closed on Brian Wilson. … I don’t think that’s completely shut.”

It’s possible that Bochy was just playing to his audience–Haft notes that multiple people asked the manager about Wilson–but it’s also possible that the former closer’s price tag is so minimal that the Giants may figure there’s no downside.

Wilson recently worked out for the Mets and they reportedly weren’t impressed.

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