Dodgers nab closer Brian Wilson

Beard on board: Brian Wilson signs with L.A. Dodgers

7/30/13 in MLB   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Dodgers nab closer Brian WilsonThe guy who used to be the most popular San Francisco Giant is now throwing for the team least popular with San Francisco Giants fans. Bearded icon and closing pitcher Brian Wilson has emerged from Tommy John surgery exile and has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wilson will make his debut in Class A Rancho Cucamonga after a stint at the Dodgers training complex.

For the Dodgers, this is that set-up guy they were trying to nab before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. For W
ilson, this is a chance to re-establish himself with the first-place Dodgers while thumbing his nose at the defending champion Giants who now languish dead last in the NL West.

Yahoo Sports is reporting that Brian Wilson has signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for undisclosed terms. Wilson is a three-time All Star, but has not pitched since April 2012. He was on the DL for the Giants' World Series run last season, but did provide some memorable playoff antics on the bench.

Blog Photo - Dodgers nab closer Brian WilsonSan Francisco Giants fans ought not fume over Wilson's choice to play for the rival Dodgers. The Giants did not extend Wilson an offer, according to Henry Schulman of the SF Chronicle. Schulman writes that Wilson "would have considered a return to San Francisco, despite his hard feelings over their decision not to tender him a contract in November, even giving them the first crack, but they expressed little or no interest."

Should Wilson be able to return to Big League form, he will likely serve as a set-up man for current reigning Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
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8/1/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Things like this are a continued reminder that this is a business and fans ought not get too emotionally involved.