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Could Atlanta Braves Be Interested in Brian Wilson?

May 23rd, 2013 at 4:01 PM
By Cody Fields

The obvious need for the Atlanta Braves is a left-handed reliever, but more specifically a quality setup man now that both Eric O'Flaherty and Jonny Venters are out for the year. Braves general manager Frank Wren is known to make unexpected moves, so could that involve signing Brian Wilson to a low-risk deal?

Brian Wilson, the once dominant San Francisco Giants closer, appeared in just two games last season before requiring his second career Tommy John surgery. After the Giants didn't tender him a contract after last season, Wilson determined he wouldn't audition for any teams until he was 100 percent.

Before having his elbow blow out last season, Wilson notched 163 saves from 2008-11, including a 1.81 ERA in 2010.

What the Braves may not take as kindly to is Wilson's eccentric personality. His beard has surely grown to astronomical proportions, and this is the same guy who told Jim Rome that was certified as a ninja in a dream. The Braves generally haven't had a ton of exuberance show through the media over the years, so that would be a departure.

Regardless, a low-risk, incentive-laden deal could work well for both parties. The Braves need a setup man, and Wilson needs a job.

 

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