Dodgers sign Brian Wilson to minor-league deal

Stephen Dunn

The former Giants closer will begin his tenure in the minors and work his way into the Dodgers' bullpen.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have come away as the victors in the sweepstakes for reliever Brian Wilson, signing the right-hander to a minor-league contract, reports Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

Wilson had offers from three different clubs, according to Brown, but in the end decided that trolling Giants fans around the globe was his best option. The two other clubs believed to be "serious suitors" for the right-hander were San Francisco and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 31-year-old right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery (for the second time in his career) last April, and has been working his way back to the mound ever since. Wilson was non-tendered by the Giants in the fall and tried auditioning for clubs in the spring, but was deemed "not ready" by all who watched him throw.

The right-hander again held a showcase for a number of teams last week, where he apparently pitched well enough to garner offers from a trio of clubs. One scout at last week's workout proclaimed that Wilson is "getting close" to full recovery, so he may not be in the minors for long.

Wilson pitched for parts of seven seasons with the Giants, serving as their closer for the last four years and change. He owns a career 3.21 earned-run average and better than a strikeout per inning over 320 big-league innings, and he has converted 87 percent of his save chances.

Wilson is the second new bullpen arm the Dodgers have run through the minors this month. The club recently acquired Carlos Marmol from the Cubs and sent him to the minors to work on his mechanics.

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