Closer Brian Wilson, who played such an integral role in San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series win, has chosen to sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, CBS Sports reported.
Wilson will report to the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Arizona, then move along to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, the report quoted sources. Assuming all goes well, he is expected to join the Dodgers around mid-August. He signed a minor-league deal, running only through 2013.
The Dodgers have been seeking bullpen help, specifically an eighth-inning man who can work as a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen. Wilson, described by one scout who watched him work out last week at UCLA as “getting close” to major-league ready, has plenty of late-inning experience.
Wilson, 31, underwent Tommy John ligament transfer surgery in April, 2012. He last threw a major-league pitch on April 12, 2012.
Several clubs were in attendance at the UCLA workout, and the Pirates, Giants, Diamondbacks were among those who were serious with Wilson at the end. Wilson wanted to pitch for a contender, and he was described Monday by someone close to him as having an affinity for Los Angeles.