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Tigers could prefer Brian Wilson for closer

Nov 16, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

It was reported earlier this week that the Tigers and veteran closer Joe Nathan had “mutual interest,” but ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the team may end up going in a different direction.

Wilson sat out most of the 2013 season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but he was very impressive after signing with the Dodgers in July, posting a 0.66 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 regular innings before delivering six scoreless innings during the playoffs. The 31-year-old right-hander has a track record of success as a closer, but he likely won’t cost as much as Nathan, who is coming off two outstanding seasons in his late-30s. That could be significant for the Tigers, who are already looking a a monster payroll for 2014.

The Indians and Rockies are among the other teams who are reportedly interested in Wilson. The Yankees have already been ruled out as a possibility due to their facial hair policy.

  1. sparky0266 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Come all ye “faithful” cheaters and performance enhancers! Play for the Yankees! But you there, with that dastardly beard… you must sign elsewhere… WE WON’T ALLOW IT!

    • twenty1miles - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Yup, all PED users in baseball history have played exclusively for the Yankees.

      • paperlions - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        He is just pointing out the stupidity of the Yankees “no beard” policy.

        I would love to see Cano say he’d re-sign, but he wants to grow a beard, so he’ll be signing elsewhere…just to see what happens.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        What’s wrong with that policy? The players know the policy and can choose to sign with them or not. I have a job with a no beard policy. I can quit if facial hair is that important to me. Better players than Brian Wildon have chosen to play for the Yankees knowing their beard policy.

        That being said, Mattingly, go shave those sideburns!

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Long beautiful hair: some guys are just too straight to appreciate it.

  2. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Wilson may be good but his wierd bearded guy act has worn thin.

    • Old Gator - Nov 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      He could dress in a duck suit for all I care as long as he comes in from the boolpen and euthanizes a rally in progress. If the Borg want to hop around with a pole up their sphincters and valorize that clean cut all-American look in the most polyglot city in North America, and sputter out of the running while they let guys who can help them win go elsewhere over such an intrusive dress policy, less power to them. If I’m Wilson, I probably want to go to a team that puts winning first anyway.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        You’re certainly welcome to feel that way but the Yankees beard policy certainly hasn’t hurt them when it comes to winning games.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        The Yankees beard policy probably caused them to come up way short this past season, while a certain bearded bunch from Boston WON THE WHOLE SHABANG!

  3. NYTolstoy - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Why do people troll? Do they actually feel accomplished afterwards? Also the Yankees like most teams don’t sign players hoping the use steroids and then suspended. Cause nothing helps a team when like a main starter missing 50 to 100 games and all of the backlash coming with it.

  4. historiophiliac - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I want this to happen if for no other reason than to have a gif of Miggy’s face when Wilson does his thing in the dugout…but also to have a good closer for once.

    • indaburg - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Your dream may finally come true. I could not figure out why the Tigers didn’t take a chance on him in 2013.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:07 PM

        Me either! I totally invited him to the D on Twitter. Maybe this time…

      • indaburg - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        I don’t see how he passed up your invite. What’s wrong with the man? I mean, I know he was coming off a second TJ surgery but with the D’s bullpen in the state it was in, it was worth the chance. The Dodgers, in the playoff hunt also, took the chance, and he performed. Ah, well. Coulda, shoulda. No point in dwelling on the past.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Maybe I shoulda worn a unitard…

  5. polegojim - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    That would be WONDERFUL for Detroit!!!

    O Come Ye Bearded Closer… be Joyful and Triumphant!!!

    PS – why would anyone with options, even consider choosing the Rockies??? It’s the organization where pitchers and managers go to die.

    • thisdamnbox - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      I resent that remark!!! The Rockies are NOT “…the organization where pitchers and managers go to die.” That statement is reserved for the Seattle Mariners! Wait, check that: the Managers go to die (and have mini strokes), the pitchers tend to get traded to other teams and end up in the post season…

      Sorry. My bad…”:^)>

      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM


  6. tn16 - Nov 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I could see the jays being a dark horse team for Wilson. They are always lookin fir bullpen help and if the rumors are true and they deal santos or Jansen for starting pitching he could look good being at the back end of the bull pen

  7. hieronymous27 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    It’s unfortunate there isn’t a MLB team foolish enough to want Fatty Fielder’s albatross of a contract. If some team would happen to want The Fresh Price of Detroit the Tigers would have enough money to sign both Nathan and Wilson. The days however of such fiscal irresponsibility are long gone.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Those guys both want to close. It’s likely that if 1 of them singed with tje Tigers the other wouldn’t

  8. weaselpuppy - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    The Detroit fans already had their “Fear the Fro” stage with Ben Wallace…I think we;re up for some “Fear the Beard!”

    Wilson, Boone Logan, Infante and trading Porcello for a great setup guy would be a nice hole-fiing budget conscious set of moves that allows for re-signing Max…

  9. joerymi - Nov 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    I didn’t realize he is only 31. I was under the impression he was 36/37. That does make him more attractive. But I have little desire for anything longer than a one year deal. Pinning your hopes on a guy that may or may not have an elbow explode is dicey.

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