The Phillies are not interested in any summer time music so, naturally, that means the Beach Boy is out of the question. That only leaves us with former Giants oddball, Brian Wilson.
Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki is reporting that the Phillies are interested in the former San Francisco closer. The Phillies, along with numerous other ballclubs, will watch Wilson throw tomorrow in Los Angeles as the free agent righty looks to catch on with a team.
Wilson, 31, pitched in two games last season before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery, which was approximately 15 months ago. In 2011, his last full season in baseball, he was 6-4 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP with 36 saves. Wilson's most dominant year came in 2010 as he went 3-3 with 48 saves and a 1.81 ERA en route to the Giants World Series title.
Bullpen options are few and far between as the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st quickly approaches. Wilson wouldn't cost a prospect or any valuable asset so the downside is minimal. The Phillies have the worst bullpen ERA (4.36) in the National League and third worst in all of baseball so it can't get too much worse.
However, bringing the closer aboard would be like inviting the circus to town. Wilson loves the spotlight and is, straight-up, a weird dude. With him and current closer Jonathan Papelbon in the same bullpen, sanity will be at a premium.
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