I’m not sure this could go any better if I planned it myself. But here goes…
The Dodgers are close with Brian Wilson…
Dodgers and Brian Wilson appear to be getting close on a contract agreement.
— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 3, 2013
…but HE only wants a one-year deal…
The #Dodgers and free-agent closer Brian Wilson are talking only about a one-year deal, enabling Wilson to hit the market again after 2014
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 3, 2013
…AND he’s cool with being Kenley Jansen‘s setup man.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 3, 2013
Honestly, I basically said goodbye to him at the end of the year because I figured he would either want a closing role elsewhere or would be demanding like four years and $48 million. And based on what some other relievers are getting in this market, it wouldn’t be that farfetched.
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.
Earlier today I speculated about John Axford, and I still think that’s on the table, but J.P. Howell is also in negotiations to return.
The Dodgers also are believed to be in talks to re-sign J.P. Howell, who was the team’s primary left-handed reliever by the end of the season.
I can’t see him taking less than a three-year deal given what his comparables have gotten, and you know how I feel about those for relievers. Still, the Dodgers are in win-now mode and have money, and there doesn’t appear to be a superior option available.