The Mets are showing strong interest in former Giants closer Brian Wilson, according to Bob Nightingale of USA Today. New York general manager Sandy Alderson scouted the bearded right-hander in a private workout on Saturday.
The three time All-Star missed almost all of the 2012 season following Tommy John surgery and was replaced by Sergio Romo in
Prior to the elbow injury that ended
In 2011, he slumped as injuries limited him to his just 55 innings, his lowest total since 2007. He still managed 36 saves, but his his command became a real issue as he walked more than 5 batter per nine innings. His 3.11 ERA was still above average but after his 2011 performance, it was a disappointment for the Giants.
The younger, less expensive Romo was fantastic down the stretch and dominated opponents in the playoffs during the Giants 2012 World Series Championship run, making the choice easy for GM Brian Sabean.
The Mets are hoping to repair a bullpen that had a 4.65 ERA last year, the second worst of any bullpen in baseball.
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