As Darren Kritzer noted here over the weekend, the New York Mets watched Brian Wilson workout at UCLA. Today, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets walked away unimpressed with the right handed reliever. Wilson, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has “got a ways to go” according to Puma’s unnamed source.
Wilson earned $8.5 million in 2012 with the San Francisco Giants, but the club elected to non-tender him as he recovers from ligament replacement. Wilson was among the best relievers in baseball between 2009-10, saving 86 games and striking out 29% of batters faced. The bearded one was compartively less effective in 2011 when his strike out rate dropped and his walk rate climbed up over 12%. A slight dip in fastball velocity in 2011 became a significant dip in 2012 (90.7 mph compared to 96.5 mph in 2009), and the writing was on the wall. Wilson made just two appearances last season before he was shut down with elbow woes.
As with most ligament replacement recipients these days, Wilson should make a full recovery, although this was his second dance with the procedure . The pitcher is reportedly not interested in signing a minor league deal, which effectively puts a damper on the prospects of him finding a suitor in the immediate future. With a little more recovery and the right fit, it’s probable that we’ll see Brian Wilson pitch in the Majors at some point this season. The Brian Wilson show, though, we’ll probably get our fill of that sooner than later.