Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment
The Dodgers shook up their bullpen on Tuesday and designated right-hander Brian Wilson for assignment, reports MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.
Wilson, 32, had a disappointing season in 2014 after an impressive return from Tommy John surgery in ’13. He had a guaranteed contract for next year worth $9.5 million. The Dodgers have 10 days to either waive, trade or release Wilson.
As the Dodgers’ set-up man this year, Wilson was 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA over 61 appearances and seemed to lack life on his fastball. He was much more effective in 2013 after joining the Dodgers in August, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances. A three-time All-Star as a closer with San Francisco, Wilson helped the Giants win the World Series in 2010.
Wilson’s departure is the latest in a roster overhaul for the Dodgers under new management.
Last week at the Winter Meetings, new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman traded away outfielder Matt Kemp, second baseman Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren, shorstop Miguel Rojas, catcher Tim Federowicz and pitching prospect Tom Windle. The return netted second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Angels and reliever Chris Hatcher from the Marlins. The Dodgers also acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies and signed free-agent starter Brandon McCarthy.