The Dodgers signed former Giants closer Brian Wilson to a guaranteed major-league contract.
Former Giants closer Brian Wilson has reportedly chosen to sign with the Dodgers, per reports from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Jim Bowden of ESPN, Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Nightengale says the deal is only through the 2013 season. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN says the deal is a guaranteed big league contract.
Wilson, 31, last pitched in a game on April 12, 2012. He had Tommy John surgery later that month and is now nearly 16 months removed from the procedure. Wilson worked out for teams last week at UCLA.
Brown reports that Wilson, who had three offers, will start in the minors. Brown says Wilson will begin at Camelback Ranch, then to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, and will join the Dodgers in two weeks.
Wilson will begin his Dodgers tenure in the minors to get into pitching shape before being recalled to the bigs. Chad’s reaction is here.
It’s a low-risk, potentially mild-reward deal, and though I understand why they gave him a major-league deal, I would have preferred it to be an incentive-laden minor-league deal that made Wilson earn his way up.
The Dodgers lone move on deadline day was to trade a Player To Be Named Later or cash to the Twins for reserve catcher Drew Butera. Butera was then optioned to Triple-A.
Butera is simply depth should anything happen to A.J. Ellis or Tim Federowicz. He can’t hit a lick, so if the Dodgers gave up a player with any value, they lose this deal. Doubt that’s the case, though.
Matt Kemp landed on the disabled list once again, this time due to the freak ankle injury he suffered in his first game back from his shoulder injury.
Ted Lilly was recalled before being designated for assignment the next day. Elian Herrera took Lilly’s place on the 25-man roster.
Herrera was later optioned back to AAA with Scott Van Slyke being recalled once again. The Dodgers had to wait ten days after SVS’s last optioning in order to recall him.
In minor-league news, the club signed righty Carlos Felix, per Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
Righty Arismendy Ozoria was promoted from Low-A to High-A, while righty Thomas Taylor, a 2013 draft pick, was promoted from Rookie-ball Ogden to Low-A to take Ozoria’s place.