To the surprise of absolutely nobody, the Dodgers announced this afternoon that reliever Brian Wilson has officially exercised his $10 million player option for 2015.
Wilson stayed with the Dodgers last winter on a one-year, $10 million contract which included a player option for 2015 valued at between $8.5 million-$10 million based on appearances. While the 32-year-old right-hander managed to hit those particular benchmarks, he wasn’t all that effective in doing so, posting a 4.66 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 29 walks in 48 1/3 innings. The Dodgers’ bullpen looked like a potential strength on paper coming into this season, but Wilson is a big reason why things didn’t work out as planned. Given how fickle bullpens can be, there’s always the chance for a bounceback. That’s what the Dodgers will have to hope for, anyway.
According to Eric Stephen of True Blue L.A., the Dodgers have already committed $189.5 million to just 15 players for 2015.