Will the Giants Bring Brian Wilson Back?
Of course, Wilson only pitched in two games in April before sitting the entirety of the season after undergoing his second tommy John surgery on his right elbow. However, there is no denying the fact that Wilson's durability throughout the 2010 season and his impressive run closing games during the Giants historic playoff run left those watching in awe.
The Giants don't want to give Wilson a guaranteed $6.5 million because there is no guarantee he will return to form after his second major surgery. Wilson also feels as though the Giants owe him a little something for the gusty performance he put on display in 2010. But we all know how that works.
Teams do not give players achievement awards - they value them as they currently stand. It is an investment in talent and a smart franchise will not make the wrong investments. However, sometimes a franchise will take a gamble on a certain individual, especially if his presence in the clubhouse is as positive as Wilson's.
If he indeed does become a free agent on Friday, I can't imagine the Giants and he wont come to terms on a more incentive based contract, because the Giants have all the leverage with an emerging closer in Sergio Romo - who made a name for himself during the 2012 Giants World series run.
Either way, the Giants have other moves to ponder, but locking up Wilson on a contract that allows the Giants the cap flexibility to work with throughout the offseason to retain assets and bring in others will work best for both sides as Wilson does not want to leave SF.