Right-hander Brian Wilson will be returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers for 2015, as the club has announced that the 32-year-old former All-Star has officially exercised his $10 million player option for next season. MLB Daily Dish's Chris Cotillo originally reported Wilson's intent to remain with the Dodgers.
After spending a decade in the San Francisco Giants' organization, during which he made three All-Star teams and emerged as a cultural icon, Wilson signed with the Dodgers in July of 2013, and following a lights-out performance down the stretch that year, re-upped with them last offseason on a one-year, $10 million contract that included a player option for 2015 (valued at $8.5-10 million based on appearances).
Wilson was rather disappointing in 2014, so it's no surprise that he exercised his sizable option for next year. In 48.1 innings pitched, he posted a 4.66 ERA , 75 ERA+, 4.29 FIP, 1.86 K/BB, and -0.4 WAR. He should have a strong role in the Dodgers' bullpen once again, though it's unlikely that he serves as a late-innings option.
The Dodgers made a number of other moves over the past few days as well. The club extended shortstop Hanley Ramirez a qualifying offer and bought out Chad Billingsley's 2015 option, while Dan Haren exercised his player option and left-hander Scott Elbert elected free agency after being outrighted.