The Beard is back, and it looks like he could find a new home soon. According to reports, the Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers are among the teams who have interest in signing free agent reliever Brian Wilson.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Indians are considering Wilson and closer Fernando Rodney, prompting general manager Chris Antonetti to schedule a meeting with agent Dan Lozano at the GM meetings in Orlando this week. The Tribe recently released Chris Perez, and are known to be searching for a closer this winter.
If Wilson does not end up in Cleveland, he could end up with another AL Central club. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.comnotes that the Tigers are interested in both Wilson and Joe Nathan, who recently voided his option with the Texas Rangers. Nathan is known to have interest in signing with Detroit, but the club seems to be considering both players as options at the back end of their bullpen.
As Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported last week, Wilson is on the long list of relievers that the Rockies are considering this winter. Grant Balfour, Joe Smith and Jose Veras are among the other names the team is considering, but Wilson's success in the NL West may make him a priority.
Interest in Wilson will likely pick up as the winter rolls along, and a return to the Dodgers has not yet been ruled out. After posting a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances with Los Angeles at the end of the season, Wilson is sure to be a hot commodity for teams looking for late-inning bullpen help.