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Brian Wilson 2013 Outlook


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#1 Pusherman

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 11:32 PM

Anyone think he can claim closing duties somewhere? According to RW, he will be signing soon.

#2 grimsfield

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 11:35 PM

Anyone think he can claim closing duties somewhere? According to RW, he will be signing soon.


I imagine whoever signs him would want to get him in some minor leagues games first. But ya, he could probably take the closer spot on a few teams.
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Posted 26 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

Anyone think he can claim closing duties somewhere? According to RW, he will be signing soon.


The likelihood is very small.
Not surprising that he's throwing hard. But generally the toughest thing to regain after TJ surgery is control, not velocity. And Wilson already was not a control guy. I don't see him being very effective this year.
Then you need to weigh how many teams are in the hunt that would sign him & he'd close for. PIT if they want Melancon back in set up? Maybe? He wouldn't come in and close over Benoit or Uehara.
Basically there's almost no chance this guy is fantasy relevant this season. I get that everyone wants to hit on a lotto ticket, but this isn't it. Go grab Strop, Bastardo, or Cisnero and hope for a trade.
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 02:09 AM

I'm a little more optimistic that some about Wilson's chances of closing somewhere this year and what value he could end up having for fantasy owners. All indications from scouts he's thrown for are that he's game ready, or nearly game ready. If he was wild and shaky, we'd be hearing about it.

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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

I'm a little more optimistic that some about Wilson's chances of closing somewhere this year and what value he could end up having for fantasy owners. All indications from scouts he's thrown for are that he's game ready, or nearly game ready. If he was wild and shaky, we'd be hearing about it.


Even if he throws great, which team(s) would he close for?
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 05:59 PM


I'm a little more optimistic that some about Wilson's chances of closing somewhere this year and what value he could end up having for fantasy owners. All indications from scouts he's thrown for are that he's game ready, or nearly game ready. If he was wild and shaky, we'd be hearing about it.


Even if he throws great, which team(s) would he close for?


Hell, if the Giants were willing to do the smart thing and trade Romo for SP then they'd make a ton of sense. But they won't so it's a moot point.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:15 PM

Latest from RW has the Pirates and Diamondbacks very interested. He could very well end up closing on either one of those teams.
He did receive 5 offers, so there is interest.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:16 PM

I would have added Detroit to that list before they acquired Veras. Leyland likes Benoit in setup, so sliding Wilson in to close would have fit. But with Veras in it no doubt takes DET out of the equation.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 08:02 PM

Latest from RW has the Pirates and Diamondbacks very interested. He could very well end up closing on either one of those teams.
He did receive 5 offers, so there is interest.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:29 PM

Signed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:34 PM

Maybe a good stash for Kenley owners but I can't see Wilson closing.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:39 PM

Maybe a good stash for Kenley owners but I can't see Wilson closing.


Wilson setting up for Kenley. Nice.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:39 PM

I can see him closing if he's healthy. Mattingly makes some curious decisions.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:40 PM

Anything is possible they did allow League to close over Jansen.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:42 PM

I can see him closing if he's healthy. Mattingly makes some curious decisions.



Why would they do that when Kenley is 100% and stellar? No way Wilson can be better than Kenley this year.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:47 PM


I can see him closing if he's healthy. Mattingly makes some curious decisions.



Why would they do that when Kenley is 100% and stellar? No way Wilson can be better than Kenley this year.


Some managers prefer to use their best arm whenever necessary instead of locking him into the 9th.
I don't envision this happening, but that would be why.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:52 PM



I can see him closing if he's healthy. Mattingly makes some curious decisions.



Why would they do that when Kenley is 100% and stellar? No way Wilson can be better than Kenley this year.


Some managers prefer to use their best arm whenever necessary instead of locking him into the 9th.
I don't envision this happening, but that would be why.

Yep. I'm not going to bet on that happening but it wouldn't really shock me if Wilson worked his way into the closing gig while Jansen fell back into the fireman role.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:55 PM

Kenley has already proven to be a jack of all trades. 7th, 8th, 9th inning, he get's guys out. He's a flat out boss.

Wilson is a closer by trade, and as we all very well know, a lot of closers suffer from a "save situation tunnel vision" type disorder. Whether it is purely a mental thing, needing the "save situation" adrenaline, or whatever reason to be effective... a lot of 9th inning guys simply s--- the bed when not in a save situation.

As we all know, closers with success in the past get a lot of respect from managers, as well as given every opportunity to succeed. As good as Kenley has been, my bet is on Wilson eventually taking over 9th inning duties.

We'll see.

Edited by Se7enLikeMe, 30 July 2013 - 01:56 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:02 PM

Wilson hasn't pitched in the MLB in close to two years. He has a long way to go before he's taking the ball in the 9th for anyone. Could it happen? Sure. Will it happen in the immediate future. Very doubtful.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 02:06 PM

Jansen's been lights out and Mattingly's pretty loyal...

As a Dodger fan, I'm stoked about adding Brian Wilson to our bullpen!
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