Giants fans are sure to love this: Brian Wilson has agreed to a deal with the Dodgers, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.
As of yesterday the rehabbing right-hander was said to have offers from at least five teams, but he’s settled on his former club’s biggest rival and will stay in California as he attempts to return to the majors following Tommy John elbow surgery.
Wilson hasn’t pitched since April of last year and hasn’t pitched effectively since 2011–when he saved 36 games with a 3.11 ERA–but he’s fully recovered from the surgery and reportedly looked good in recent bullpen sessions for interested teams.
Much like Carlos Marmol, he’s unlikely to get a chance to save games for the Dodgers but certainly makes plenty of sense as a low-risk middle relief option with some potential upside for a more prominent late-inning role. For now he’ll get some game action in the minors.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.