The New York Mets were not impressed by a private bullpen session from free-agent closer Brian Wilson over the weekend, but that has not put the right-hander off the team's radar, reports Marc Carig of Newsday:
Source: Mets still haven't closed the door on a major league deal for former Giants closer Brian Wilson.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) January 17, 2013
Wilson, 30, is still on the road to recovery from Tommy John surgery, so it's understandable that he may not have had his best stuff over the weekend. The right-hander is allegedly uninterested in a minor-league deal at the moment, though that may change as spring training creeps closer.
The other three big names coming off of TJ surgery -- Scott Baker, Joakim Soria, and Ryan Madson -- have all signed big-league deals this winter, so there is reason for Wilson to hope that he will get one as well.
Mike Puma of the New York Post writes, however, that nothing has changed in the Mets' thinking since leaving his workout over the weekend, and that a major-league deal is not up for consideration:
As I reported yesterday, Brian Wilson still has a ways to go before Mets would consider major league contract for him. Nothing has changed.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) January 17, 2013
Wilson took over as the Giants' full-time closer in 2008. Since then, he owns a 3.00 ERA, 10.1 K/9 rate and 163 saves over 264⅓ innings of work.