Former San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson has been working out in Hawaii during his second Tommy John surgery comeback attempt and could be ready to audition for teams at the beginning of August, Buster Olney reports. It just happens that the Atlanta Braves may be a good fit for the veteran right-hander.
The 31-year-old closer has 171 career saves but only pitched in two games in 2012 before needing his second Tommy John surgery, making unpredictability a factor.
Olney cites the Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as potential landing spots for Wilson, but the Braves should also be considered in the mix. They could sign him to a low risk contract and use him in support of Jordan Walden and Craig Kimbrel.
The Braves are already in the market for a veteran reliever after losing Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Cristhian Martinez for the season due to injuries, so they could land Wilson cheaply instead of (or coupled with) parting with a couple of prospects in exchange for a bullpen arm.
Besides, huge beards go over well in the deep South.
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