Dodgers close to a deal with Brian Wilson

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

L.A. is nearing a deal that will bring the bearded one back.

The Dodgers are close to a deal to re-sign reliever Brian Wilson, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo SportsBob Nightengale of USA Today reports the two sides are discussing a one-year contract.

Wilson apparently rejected an offer from the Tigers on Monday, according to Nightengale, telling Detroit he was going in "a different direction." The Tigers went another way themselves and made a two-year deal with Joe Nathan on Tuesday instead.

Wilson missed the start of the 2013 season following Tommy John surgery and signed with the Dodgers at the end of July. He returned to the major leagues on August 22 with L.A. pitching a perfect ninth with two strikeouts in a non-save situation against the Marlins. In the final weeks of the season, theformer Giants closer primarily pitched in the seventh and eighth for the Dodgers, going 2-1 with three holds and posting a 0.66 ERA in 13 2/3 innings of work. He also pitched six scoreless innings in the postseason for the Dodgers, racking up eight strikeouts.

Wilson is most likely to return to the setup role with Los Angeles since the team has 26-year-old Kenley Jansen installed at closer. However, the younger pitcher might be better suited for a more flexible role, putting the 31-year-old Wilson in line to close again. Regardless of his role, the return of Wilson strengthens a Dodgers bullpen that struggled at times last season.

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