Brian Wilson was not tendered a contract by the San Francisco Giants and is now a free agent, according CSN Bay Area, opening a three-time All-Star closer coming off Tommy John surgery to the market.
Wilson still wants to play under the big lights of a major market. But the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels both haven't shown interest. The Giants want him back and manager Bruce Bochy is leading the recruiting trail:
"Sometimes these things don't go as smooth as you would like. You still don't forget the contributions he made to the Giants in 2010. I'd love to have a chance to talk to him here real soon. I wish him nothing but the best. Unfortunately, these things happen and they're part of the business."
After four straight seasons of at least 36 saves, Wilson only pitched in two games all last season due to injury, making the Giants not want to go into arbitration with a closer that could make $6.8 million. They had to risk Wilson leaving by allowing him to become a free agent. Wilson's feelings were a bit hurt and Bochy understands that.
The Giants are already prepared to move on with Sergio Romo in line to be the Giants' closer with a little help from Jeremy Affeldt and Santiago Casilla.