The San Francisco Giants will have quite the decision to make this offseason when it comes to closer Brian Wilson. Wilson, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April, is arbitration eligible following the season, and Buster Olney of ESPN speculates the club "will choose to turn the page."
One of the more interesting decisions this offseason will be what the Giants do with reliever Brian Wilson, who is recovering from surgery. He's eligible for arbitration this winter after making $8.5 million this year and could be in line to make something in the $8-10 million range. The guess here is that the Giants, who have been masters of piecing together bullpens in recent years -- including this season, after Wilson got hurt -- will choose to turn the page.
Olney notes that it would make sense for San Francisco to look into the possibility of trading Wilson, but he says rival teams will have similar concerns over paying a reliever coming off of significant surgery that much money.
Wilson has been San Francisco’s primary closer since the 2008 season, maintaining an ERA of 3.21 over seven seasons with the Giants. He’s under team control through 2014.
With Wilson on the disabled list, five other pitchers have recorded saves this season for San Francisco. Right-hander Santiago Casilla has received the most opportunities of any Giants’ reliever, and has recorded twenty-four saves this season.