Former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson auditioned for several Major League teams Thursday as he tries to make his way back from his 2nd Tommy John surgery.
February 19, 2012; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson (38) during camp at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Representatives from the Pirates, Diamondbacks, A’s, Giants, Phillies, Rangers, Rockies, and Cardinals were all in attendance for Wilson’s showcase. At least one unnamed scout was impressed with his stuff:
“He looked good,” the scout said. “His fastball was 90-93 mph. [He’s] not far away.”
The trade market has been slow and rather underwhelming in the reliever category, so it makes sense that teams like the Pirates or Diamondbacks would be interested.
Pittsburgh recently lost Jason Grilli, and the Diamondbacks have had trouble with the closer spot all year- expect them to be in on the Beard for his services.
As reported earlier, the Giants have been following Wilson’s progress the entire way, and could also be interested.
“We’ve tried to stay in touch throughout the process and monitor his progress,”assistant general manager Bobby Evans said. “His rehab is our responsibility. He’s a Giant, and we’ve been in touch with his people as he considers his options. We’ve kept the door open the whole time.”
Wilson saved 171 games for the Giants over 6 seasons and they recently lost Jeremy Affeldt for 6 weeks, so the need is there- along with him being a fan favorite in San Francisco.