Closer Brian Wilson Narrows Potential Suitors, Said To Have Affinity For Los Angeles
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is said to have narrowed his decision for potential suitors down to a final “three or four” clubs.
Among the clubs said to be of interest are the Giants, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A number of scouts watched Wilson work out at UCLA last week. The 31-year old hurler underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2012, and last played in the majors on April 12 of last year.
Some scouts, however, are reporting that Wilson is “getting close” to being ready for major league pitching again.
Wilson threw for scouts during Spring Training, but his lack of an overwhelming performance indicated he was not yet ready for major league action. Instead, he opted for more rehabilitation and decided he would not throw for scouts again until he felt he was confident enough.
Wilson has said that he hopes to join a serious contender, and has been described as having an affinity for Los Angeles.
The first-placed Dodgers, meanwhile, are looking for bullpen help, and took part in watching Wilson’s throwing session at UCLA.
A source says that Dodgers reliever Jose Dominguez, who was placed on the DL last week, is heading to Arizona. It is unknown whether this is in connection with the club’s interest in Wilson, or possibly another reliever.