The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed reliever Brian Wilson to a guaranteed major league deal, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. Brown notes that Wilson will start in the minor leagues, and spend two weeks on a rehab assignment before joining the major league team. Following the news, Wilson tweeted his gratitude for his time in San Francisco.
Thank you to the fans in San Francisco. It was an honor to pitch in front of you for all those years....— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilson38) July 30, 2013
Even though I'll be wearing a different color your impact in my life will never be forgotten.— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilson38) July 30, 2013
The three-time All-Star also drew interest from the Giants, Pirates, Diamondbacks and an unidentified AL team, according to reports. His fondness of Los Angeles and desire to get back into a playoff race likely played a major factor in his decision. The Phillies, Rockies, Cardinals, Athletics and Rangers were among the teams who viewed Wilson's audition in Los Angeles last week.
Wilson, 31, only appeared in two games in 2012 before being shut down due to injury, and was non-tendered by the Giants after the season. In seven seasons with San Francisco, Wilson has posted a 20-20 record with a 3.21 ERA and 171 career saves. He was a key member of the Giants' championship team in 2010, posting a 1.81 ERA and 48 saves in 70 appearances on the season.
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