Detroit, MI - According to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News, the Tigers and pitcher Brian Wilson are in “serious discussions” about a possible contract. Wilson was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2012, but was able to return and pitch in 18 games last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Tigers have been searching aggressively for a closer and they may have found their man.
Wilson had a 0.66 ERA last season in those 18 games with the Dodgers and struck out 13 batters as well. Those numbers were enough to garner quite a bit of interest in Wilson on the open market this offseason. Joaquin Benoit was the closer last season for the Tigers, but at 36 years old there just isn’t all that much left in the tank for him. Brian Wilson would be a very nice addition for Detroit if he’s able to stay healthy, and could be a major piece in another postseason run.
Brian Wilson has always been known for his dominant pitching, but his fastball only reached 93-95 MPH last season. That being said, many expect that number to increase this season with a full offseason of work and extended recovery. If he’s able to get his speed back up to around 99-100, he should be just fine. He has career numbers of a 3.10 ERA, 171 saves, and 353 strikeouts.
Overall, this would be a very solid move for the Detroit Tigers assuming Wilson does stay healthy. Wilson has proven to be a more than capable closer throughout his career and could be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Tigers. The deal has not been completed yet, but they are moving towards a contract agreement very quickly. You can expect to see the two sides come to an agreement in the next day or two.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.