Will the Giants Bring Brian Wilson Back?

11/26/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Fresh off their second World Series in three seasons, the San Francisco Giants have some offseason personell decisions to address sooner rather than later. Come Friday, Brian Wilson will become a free agent unless the Giants and Wilson reach an unlikely agreement before then. a player with his experience has to be paid 80% of his previous contract, which paid him $8.5 million last season.

Oct 19, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson talks to the media before game five of the 2012 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY SportsOf 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.
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11/28/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I suspect if the Giants sign him, it will be an incentive laden deal and not for long term either.  It would be tough to see him in a uniform other than the Giants...  But the fact is, closers are not the most vital part of the team.  Replacement closers are fairly easily found.  Romo went from 8th inning guy to 9th inning guy.  Lopez even did the job until he started pitching hurt.  If Wilson wants big bucks, I'm sure there is some team out there stupid enough to give it to him.  That said, I'd still like to see him a Giant.  A bull pen just can't be too deep.