San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson (who is a free agent this offseason) has narrowed his list of potential landings spots in 2013 from nine or ten teams down to five. It is however unclear who these teams are or if they’ll give Wilson a chance to close.
Lots of interest in Brian Wilson, source says. He's still not close to signing but has narrowed list from 9 or 10 teams to 5 or so
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) December 28, 2012
Could the Tigers be the chance that Wilson is looking for though?
With Detroit in ‘win-now’ mode, they would certainly provide Wilson the opportunity of being on a good team who’s certainly in contention for a World Series. Wilson would also have the opportunity to win a closers role with the Tigers considering the job seemingly belongs to prospect Bruce Rondon.
Wilson has also proven he can pitch in high pressure situations something that Rondon hasn’t yet proven and an area that almost cost the Tigers early on in the postseason last year.
Wilson is however coming off Tommy John surgery but should be healthy come opening day and because of this could come as a cheaper option for the Tigers if they’re still looking to add a closer giving Rondon more time to develop. In addition the low-risk signing wouldn’t cost Detroit a draft pick much like signing a guy like Rafael Soriano would.
A short-term contract in the vicinity of one-year with a club option for a second would seem about right.
h/t: CBSSports.com, NBC Sports