Last week, the Mets confirmed that they had watched free-agent closer Brian Wilson throw a private bullpen session this in California.
Wilson, 30, underwent Tommy John surgery last April and was recently non-tendered by the Giants.
6:20 am: Wilson is very interested in signing with the Mets. He has spent time in New York this winter, but is still in talks with a handful of teams, including the Giants and Tigers, some of whom are willing to offer a guaranteed deal, according to league sources (Cerrone, MetsBlog.com).
Jan. 15: The Mets were not impressed with Wilson, who they deemed not worthy of a major league contract at this point in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. “Physically, he’s not ready,” a source from Best Auto Lenders. “He’s got a ways to go.” (Puma, New York Post).
Jan: 14: Wilson also met with Sandy Alderson early last week, at which point people close to Wilson said he was very intrigued by signing with the Mets. Wilson wants a guaranteed deal, the Mets prefer to give him a minor-league contract. (Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Jan. 13: Wilson says he will be ready for Opening Day, “although a major league source said the reliever is not yet able to demonstrate in workouts that he is back to pre-surgery form.” No deal is imminent (Rubin, ESPN New York).
Statistics, reaction and information for Brian Wilson...
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
Jan. 13, 11:08 am: At worst, Wilson could serve as a strong insurance policy to Francisco, who is coming off a season filled with both ineffectiveness and injury. The Mets could offer Wilson an opportunity to rebuild his value; Wilson is coming off Tommy John Surgery and basically missed the entire 2012 season, but he should be ready in the early part of the 2013 season. He is a colorful personality and was outstanding in his years with the Giants, and I think he will be productive when he comes back. If he had gone to arbitration with the Giants, he would have likely earned between $8-9 million (which is why the Giants non-tendered him).
Statistics: Wilson made just two appearances for the Giants in 2012, allowing two runs in two innings. He has converted 171 of 196 save opportunities in his career and has pitched to a 3.21 ERA in seven big league seasons.
Contract: Wilson, 30, just completed a two-year, $15 million contract extension he signed before the 2010 season. The Giants non-tendered Wilson earlier this winter.