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Dodgers re-sign Brian Wilson

Dec 5, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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Brian Wilson and the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract that includes a player option for 2015, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

That’s a nice payday for Wilson, who looked great in 20 innings down the stretch and into the playoffs after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery. He’ll resume setting up for closer Kenley Jansen, giving the Dodgers’ an overpowering late-inning duo.

And given his recent injury history the player option is an interesting wrinkle to the deal. Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the option is for $9 million, so Wilson is guaranteed $19 million but could also decline it and hit the open market again for a bigger payday. Helluva job by his agent.

  1. stex52 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    So on AAV Nathan and Wilson are essentially identical. The argument was going around yesterday on this blog that Wilson would be a lot cheaper and Detroit was making a mistake.

    Looks like a wash on cost. Now we will see how they both pitch.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Looks like he didn’t want a 2+ years commitment and is gambling that after next year he can get a better payday.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        Sorry, Gleeman. Next time I’ll read the whole article instead of partially skimming and commenting. I didn’t mean to repeat.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      I would’ve thought so. I mean, he only pitched 18 innings last year…they were DAMN good innings, though.

      • drewy44 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Except for that one in Cincinnati….

  2. yahmule - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    To think those stupid Tigers could have saved a million bucks.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Sh$t, man, that pays for Don Kelly.

  3. byu1986 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    I love the picture. “I got $10M+ to be a set-up man”….

  4. johnnysoda - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    I guess he came back because the Dodgers gave him good vibrations. God only knows what he’d be outside of a California team.

    • moogro - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      That’s meaningless.

  5. cohnjusack - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    $10 million for a man who pitched 21.2 innings of ball over the past two seasons.

    I thought I knew how new TV money was going to affect the FA market…but I really didn’t.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      FYI, that’s 10 Don Kellys. Does that make it more palatable?

  6. losanginsight - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Looks like the games will be 7 innings if LA has the lead.
    Let’s Go Dodgers!

  7. @Cereal_22 - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    What an awful contract

    • Anoesis - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Signing a former top-notch closer as a set-up man for one of the best closers in the game is hardly a bad contract. If Jansen gets hurt or becomes ineffective the Dodgers have the solution right in the pen.

      If Wilson wants to be the closer elsewhere after next year he can simply not exercise his option and hit the FA market. The Dodgers have an excellent starting rotation that usually goes deep in games and now have one of the best, if not the best, one-two punch coming out of the bullpen.

      Depth is key when a team wants to make a long run in the playoffs. The Dodgers made the right move in signing Wilson, which pretty much takes care of the eight and ninth innings.

  8. sparty0n - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    That is disappointing. Wilson has too much class to be stuck in LA.

    • whereyaat - Dec 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      L.A. has too much class to be stuck in Michigan. The only thing that’s disappointing is that UNC only beat Sparty by 14, instead of 30. The pics of the fans leaving the arena early were classic, lol.

  9. lanflfan - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    This should make the 8th inning (approximately) of Dodger-Giant games just a little more interesting. Especially games up in the Bay.

  10. 4thqtrsaint - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    I’d just like to know why Wil Ferrel has such a thick beard.

  11. straightouttavtown - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I guess bidding against themselves last year for Brandon League still hasn’t taught Ned Colletti anything about not overpaying for relievers, especially ones who aren’t closers.

    • skerney - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

      Are you from Visalia?

  12. sw19womble - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Good luck to Wilson, even if he _is_ pitching for the Dodgers. 😉

    Would have loved to have him stay with the Giants, but the tommy john surgery issues were probably too much of a risk.

    Hope he does well – in most games anyhow.

  13. wingsfan97 - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    I wish the tigers would have got him and Nathan

  14. kingkershaw - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    The dodgers don’t need to worry about over paying him or if his health goes bad. Guggenheim is a company who’s net worth is over 170 billion dollars. They made that clear when offering Kershaw 300 million and 10 years.

    • yahmule - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      That’s why they’re already passing on the payroll costs in large cable bill increases to their customers.

  15. graymalkin26 - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Who, who cares. This clown has to be one of the most over hyped players in the last decade.

    • moogro - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      That’s meaningless.

  16. seniorboy - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Excellent move! A real go-getter, unafraid to go out on the mound and throw strikes thereby allowing Jansen to finish it up. This guy is a competitor and the money is well spent.
    Go Dodgers and Ned Colleti

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