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Brian Wilson’s agent takes issue with Brian Sabean

Feb 8, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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There were murmurings yesterday that maybe Brian Wilson could still make a return to the San Francisco Giants. The murmurings came after Brian Sabean said that the team had not closed the door on Wilson and suggested that the parameters of the discussions with Wilson’s camp was guaranteed money, which Sabean said Wilson wants, and an incentive-laden deal preferred by the Giants.

Only one problem with that. Via Andrew Baggarly at

“(Wilson) has instructed us not to talk terms or money until he’s 100 percent,” [Wilson’s agent Dan] Lozano said. “We haven’t talked terms or money with the Giants or any other team. So I’m a little baffled by Brian Sabean’s comment that we’re out there looking for more money.”

Informed of Lozano’s reaction, Sabean said he stood by his comment.

But that standing-by-his-comment thing is a little cute: Sabean says that he “deduced” that Wilson wants more money because he has yet to accept an incentive-based offer from the Giants. Not that Wilson has actually demanded it.

Gotta side with Wilson’s agent here. I think whether a player is demanding something, which Sabean clearly made it out to be, as opposed to him simply not accepting a current offer, are different things. And one way of giving yourself cover for not signing a fan favorite is to say “well, he was too greedy, not our fault.”

  1. unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    All I know is, when you close the door on Brian Wilson, you better take a second look and make sure you didn’t trap a bunch of beard in the doorframe. Then he’d be stuck there until you re-opened the door, or he’d have to be cut free. Either way it’s awkward.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    He may be a fan favorite but I think if any of those fans are reasonable they know that signing a guy coming off his second Tommy John surgery no matter how well liked isn’t always a sound decision.

    • geoknows - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM

      Which is why three years and $14.5 million to Joakim Soria by the Rangers was so baffling (even though the third year is an option).

  3. Uncle Charlie - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Dan Lozano is the beard’s name, right?

    • jwbiii - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      No, this is Dan Lozano (photos somewhat redacted but still NSFW)

  4. APBA Guy - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Pitchers and catchers report next week. If Lozano says that he hasn’t yet talked money or terms with any teams, Wilson should be getting really nervous about now.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Why? He can’t pitch at the start of the season anyway.

    • bh192012 - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Didn’t he put on a workout for the Mets? Why would he do that if he’s not ready and not looking for something better than what the Giants have offered him?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Of course he’s open to something else, but he doesn’t have to be nervous at this point. If his recovery goes well enough, he’ll have some offers later. Moves can still be made after opening day.

  5. smcgaels1997 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    What’s actually baffling is Wilson’s hard line stance 2-3 months ago..sorry but he’s had a part in this too

  6. Marty - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I wonder if he gave the Mets the same contingency – no money talk till he is “100 percent …but still check me out at 80”

    I’m believing Sabean on this one.

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