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Dodgers sign former Giants closer Brian Wilson

Jul 30, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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Giants fans are sure to love this: Brian Wilson has agreed to a deal with the Dodgers, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

As of yesterday the rehabbing right-hander was said to have offers from at least five teams, but he’s settled on his former club’s biggest rival and will stay in California as he attempts to return to the majors following Tommy John elbow surgery.

Wilson hasn’t pitched since April of last year and hasn’t pitched effectively since 2011–when he saved 36 games with a 3.11 ERA–but he’s fully recovered from the surgery and reportedly looked good in recent bullpen sessions for interested teams.

Much like Carlos Marmol, he’s unlikely to get a chance to save games for the Dodgers but certainly makes plenty of sense as a low-risk middle relief option with some potential upside for a more prominent late-inning role. For now he’ll get some game action in the minors.

  1. losangelesfan - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Of course he didn’t sign with the Giants, he wants to play for a contender.

    • nogoodtomedead - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Yukyukyuk- congrats LA fans. You did manage to spend comical amounts of money to buy your way into relevancy. Careful though- not that any LA fans in any sport think before running their mouth- but you still haven’t won anything yet.

      • hittfamily - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        Their fans don’t have to worry about the local news talking about mini camps finally getting into pads. For the first time in my life, I am jealous of an Angelino.

        Income tax. Bankrupt stat gov. Forest fires. Earthquakes. Mudslides. Paris Hilton. Brian Wilson.

        Nevermind. Let’s hear it for players getting into pads!

      • ilovegspot - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

        jealous trolls

      • erbaodai - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Trolls gonna troll.

      • bobdoesbiz - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        Recently in any sport? Kings, Stanley CUp. How many rings do the Lakers have? And the Dodgers still have more World Series Rings than the Giants.
        Maybe, just maybe you ae the one who should think before running your mouth.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        Dodgers haven’t won a damn thing in years. Win something significant, like two World Championships in the last 3 years before running your mouth. Dodgers have sucked for a long time.

    • Marty - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      A better signing than Jason Schmidt and Jaun Uribe for sure.

    • joecool16280 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      Need I say scoreboard?

  2. nogoodtomedead - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Meh. I’m a Giants fan and I knew this was coming. I believe Wilson lives in LA, I’m sure they offered the most money, and they are going to be a contender this year. Never fun to see a Giant head down south but wish the best for HIM- not the Dodgers. Hope he returns to form and continues on to have a long career. I bet he would have returned to SF if we were contending- but the wheels are coming off- just wait til next year!!

  3. blabidibla - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:01 PM


  4. modellforprez - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    My teams not good enough for you willy s’ok maybe in your first appearence your arm will fall off

  5. aceshigh11 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    The Dodgers sure do have a LOT of money.

    • dannymac17 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Its a minor league deal.

      Low risk High reward.

    • ilovegspot - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      $8 billion tv deal and 4 million annual attendance. That’s some serious revenue coming their way.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      and you sure dont have much of a life as you are always posting on here!!

  6. historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:06 PM


    • tiggersarebouncy - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Don’t worry, your Pussycats still got some washed up old National Leaguer to set up for the other setup guy!!

  7. bwilsongiantsfan - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Well I guess this username was regrettable.

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Maybe you could just claim you are really into the Beach Boys.

  8. 13arod - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Wanted him to go to diamoundbacks

  9. sleepyirv - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Enough with PEDs, when will Bud Selig call out Brian Wilson for wearing an obviously fake beard.

  10. giantsninerswarriors - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    This doesn’t hurt my feelings at all. Dodgers fans: have fun with Wilson, his dead arm, and his antics. He’ll fit in well with that locker room full of egomaniacs.

    • ilovegspot - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      jealous troll

    • erbaodai - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Trolls gonna be trolls.

  11. historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Nice goodbye tweet to SF fans by Wilson.

  12. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    I would loved to see tigers sign him! Better than signing Jose valverde to minor league deal

  13. sportsdrenched - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Yes! More #trader tweets!

  14. pgilbert15303 - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    As a Giants fan I loved the Beard! A bit bummed. My guess is that he was a bit hurt by the way the Giants turned their backs on him.

    My biggest fear is the end of September and we play the Dodgers the lat three games of the season for the title and we fear the Beard… Damn… I wish he played in the nineties. Popeye (Matt Williams) vs. Bluto (Brian Wilson)…

    • granted42 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      You’ll have no reason to fear the beard this year. The highest thing the Giants are going to be playing for at the end of the year is 4th in the division. It may even be a struggle to keep from having the worst record in the NL.

  15. granted42 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    As a Giants fan, I appreciate what he did for the team, especially in 2010. I wish him good health and happiness in his personal life. However, as a Giants fan, I hope he totally stinks it up on the diamond until he signs with a different team. Nothing personal, just business.

  16. pop562 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    This was not a total surprise. Last season he wanted to become a Dodger but the timing wasn’t right. He does live LA in the off season. The Dodgers bull pen has been solid the last month so this is a low risk high reward acquisition. I see him in the 7th or 8th inning because Jansen is a great closer for now.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Probably lives in West Hollywood with the rest of the…

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:13 PM


  17. middy8484 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:33 AM


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