Crazy person Brian Wilson will return to the Dodgers for at least 2014 on a one-year, $10 million deal with a player option for 2015 and various incentives.
The Dodgers have reached an agreement with reliever Brian Wilson, tweets Yahoo’s Tim Brown. It’s a one-year, $10MM deal with a second year player option. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (on Twitter) that the option’s value is $9MM, meaning that Wilson is guaranteed at least $19MM on this two-year pact. Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio tweets that Wilson has another $700K of incentives built into each year of the deal.
Though Wilson will be receiving closer money from the Dodgers, he’s fine with setting up Kenley Jansen if that’s how it works out, notes Brown. Paying Wilson closer money can be offset by the fact that Jansen will be paid more like a setup man, as he projects to earn $4.8MM in arbitration this offseason, per MLBTR’s Matt Swartz.
I gave my feelings on this type of deal the other day, and I haven’t changed my mind with the addition of the new stipulations.
Fortunately though, he seems to be convinced that he needs a whole year of performance to rebuild his value so he can get whatever deal he really wants, and this works out to exactly what the Dodgers were probably hoping for. Win-win.
I can’t see any downside to this unless the deal is for like $50 million or the TV rights.
Wilson’s actual market value was probably closer to $6-8 million per, but if he really can get back close to his 2009-10 form, the Dodgers could even be getting a bargain here. It’s a risk, but an acceptable one given the roster construction and the finances available.
Granted, the yearly salary is more than I expected, and the player option allows him protection against a disaster year or getting hurt, but he’s also probably the best reliever left on the market and he didn’t demand a three- or four-year deal. It’s a win for both sides.
Also, for a blogger and GIF person, his intangibles are off the charts.