What about Brian Wilson?
Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:05 AM
This is all dependent on him being realistic and realizing he is not going to make top closer money though, which is why it probably isn't a possibility.
The Twins don't have a ton of money sitting around to throw at a closer, but this move could realistically maximize the value of other pitchers in the bullpen by moving them back an inning. Putting Wilson at closer moves Burton and Perkins into more comfortable roles and really makes the back end of the bullpen rock solid if Wilson produces. If anything, it takes some of the workload off of Burton and Perkins, because this pen is looking like it is going to get a ton of work again this year.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:14 AM
From a PR standpoint, between him and Perdomo we could have some fantastic beard-related promos and giveaways
Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:25 AM
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:40 AM
Someone will pay the man. And I don't see Terry Ryan shelling out for a reliever when he's still trying to patch the starting rotation.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:25 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:09 PM
Brian Wilson's Neighbor - The Machine - YouTube
Edited by h2oface, 12 December 2012 - 08:11 PM.
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:19 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:32 PM
I think Rafael Soriano has proven that closers may not be able to expect top dollar anymore, and situations like Heath Bell have likely tempered the market. It may not cost as much as you might think.
Comparables - neither signed as closer
Ryan Madson - 3.5M plus 3.5M in incentives based on games and days on active roster (not the DL)
Joakim Soria - 2/8M
Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:37 PM
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:59 PM
many people may think that the bullpen is fine but it ranked 17th in ERA (3.77) , 20th in BAA (.246), 14th in OBP (.311), 15th in slgg (.380), 30th in K/9 (6.48).....very mediocre & can absolutely use a makeover, but TR wont do it as mediocrity would be a stop up for Twins
Think maybe this had something to do with the tragic starting rotation? I wonder whether, if Blackburn could have gotten out of the third inning a time or two, we wouldn't have had to trot out Jeff Gray every other day?
Posted 13 December 2012 - 09:14 PM
Wilson likes his buffoon act too much. He's not likely to be very effective this year which will make his buffoonery grating rather than endearing.
Buffoonery, eh? Yup, Brian is far too creative for a Twins uniform I suspect. Besides that, he is a closer, and until it is proven he can't anymore, that is what he wants to do, and that is what he has said he is looking for.