The Giants and right-hander Brian Wilson avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $4,437,500 contract. The figure is the exact midpoint between the $4.875 million Wilson asked for and the $4 million he was offered when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Wilson, who turns 28 in March, stepped into the elite group of closers last season, compiling a 2.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 10.3 K/9 and 38 saves (third in NL). According to Fangraphs, only Daniel Bard and Jonathan Broxton had more velocity on their fastball than Wilson (96.6) among relievers last season.
With Wilson out the way, that leaves some guy named Tim Lincecum as the team’s only remaining arbitration case.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.