Los Angeles Dodgers: Fear the Beard?
That gift, of course, is an organization’s headache-eased delight of carrying an accomplished closer to solidify the backend of the bullpen; and the bringer of that gift is none other than Brian Wilson.
So, who wants 'em?
The 30-year-old right-hander has reportedly dwindled his possible list of suitors down to five or so teams, according to CBSSports.com's Scott Miller. Following his non-tender by the San Francisco Giants last moth, the list carried as many as 10 teams.
One of those teams—surprise, surprise—is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yes, that team, with a Vegas-sized piggy bank tucked away neatly behind the always-smiling Magic Johnson.
They want him. And they might just get him.
Sure, the Dodgers have already inked Brandon League to a contract (four-year, $27.5MM) that most likely puts him in the closer position for 2013. But the idea of singing a more decorated person to deepen the 'pen makes sense, especially after not getting Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates, according to ESPN.com's Jim Bowden.
And it would be hard to believe, regardless of Wilson's injury from 2012 (his second such arm blowout), that most of the MLB teams would not want to have another option as a closer—backup-to or actual role.
If League shows he cannot handle the closer role over 162 games, then they will have Wilson and his 163 saves from 2008-2010. That, alone, is worth the incentive-latent contract Wilson would expect to receive from the club.
If League does well, however, then Wilson can get his innings in different situations.
Any way it is sliced, the deal looks too good for the Dodgers not to take the chance of making it happen. That is, understanding that the money spent for Wilson doesn't equate into any part of the scenario for the boys calling the shots in Chavez Ravine.
Luckily, this time it would be on the cheaper end of the scale.
And, more importantly, the deal would also function more as a nice (proverbial) middle digit to have in the Dodgers' office—the one extended from Johnson's right hand towards the San Francisco Giants.
Which would keep him smiling, and the Dodgers fans, ecstatic.