Brian Wilson Hits MLB Free Agency After Being Non-Tendered by SF Giants

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 1, 2012

Oct 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson walks off the field after defeating the Cincinnati Reds to win the 2012 NLDS at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
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Former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is now a free agent after not receiving a tender before the Nov. 30 deadline, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:

It's official: Wilson non-tendered and now a free agent. Romo, Casilla, Mijares, Pence, Arias, Blanco, Posey all tendered.

— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) December 1, 2012

Schulman's report was later confirmed by Chris Haft of MLB.com.

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reported earlier on Friday that the two sides were nowhere near an agreement—a good indicator that no offer would be made on San Francisco's behalf. 

Wilson saved 171 games throughout his career in San Francisco but missed nearly all of the 2012 campaign after blowing out his elbow. As a result, the hard-throwing and colorful closer underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career.

He would have been eligible to make $6.8 million next season if the team had chosen to tender him, according to Baggarly.

The Giants did, however, tender Wilson’s replacement—incumbent closer Sergio Romo. The slider specialist came on strong in relief of his fallen teammate and helped the Giants capture a World Series title for the second time in three seasons.

So, what’s next for the rehabbing Wilson?

Right-hander Ryan Madson recently inked a $3.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels, with $3.5 million more in incentives. Like Wilson, Madson is a proven closer coming off Tommy John surgery.

His contract could be a good gauge for what Wilson could expect to see on the open market.