After agreeing to a reported one-year, $1 million contract with the Dodgers last week, former Giants closer Brian Wilson is ready to get tuned up for a return to the majors.
According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Wilson will pitch with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. It’s technically the start of a minor league rehab assignment for the bearded reliever, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April.
If all goes well, Wilson will spend around two weeks in the minors before joining the Dodgers’ bullpen. He’ll likely be used in a set-up role in front of closer Kenley Jansen once he’s ready to go. In case you were curious, the Dodgers are slated to make one final trip to San Francisco this year, from September 24-26.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is headed to the Padres, according to announcements from both teams on Sunday. The Padres will also receive the 74th overall draft pick and cash considerations from the Twins, who are getting minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return. Minnesota is expected to absorb $7.5 million of Hughes’ $22 million contract; per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, they’ll take on his remaining salary for the 2018 season and pay an additional $5.7 million in 2019.
Hughes, 31, is far from the 16-win, sub-4.00 ERA hurler the Twins enjoyed in 2014. He hasn’t pitched more than 60 innings in any season since 2015, due in part to multiple bouts of back stiffness and shoulder surgeries. He was designated for assignment last week after missing significant time with a left oblique strain and delivering a 6.75 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through his first 12 innings of 2018.
Villalobos, meanwhile, will provide the Twins with some depth as he continues to work his way through the minor league system. The 21-year-old backstop recently completed a circuit with the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League, slashing .275/.367/.388 with eight extra bases and a .755 OPS in 98 PA.
The real get for the Padres isn’t Hughes (even with much of his salary already accounted for), but the Competitive Balance B selection in next week’s amateur draft. As MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell points out, the club lost their second-round pick after inking Eric Hosmer to a massive eight-year, $144 million deal back in February.