Shockingly, Brian Wilson is still on the market. Perhaps teams are scared of his wild antics, or possibly they are scared off by his offseason Tommy John surgery. Whatever it is, Wilson is still available well into the offseason.
According to Scott Miller of CBS, though, Wilson's availability is not to last. Wilson has narrowed his list of teams down to close to five, according to Miller. His time on the market, then, could be limited.
One team that stands out as a perfect fit would be the New York Mets.
Jon Heyman of CBS reports that the Mets are in the market for a relief pitcher:
#mets are scouring relief market. plenty of good options left, including ones who can close. (i.e. valverde, krod, capps)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 28, 2012
Though Heyman doesn't list Wilson, he makes sense for two reasons.
First of all, Wilson is just an excellent closer. He would be a huge upgrade over Frank Francisco, whose 5.53 ERA wasn't getting it done for the Mets last year.
Wilson, on the other hand, has a career ERA of 3.21, and more impressively, he has four straight seasons of 36-plus saves.
Concerns that Wilson will not be able to maintain that success are valid, as Tommy John surgery is never an easy recovery. Still, Wilson is expected back by spring training, so his health shouldn't be too much of a factor.
What should be a factor for the Mets, though, is Wilson's star power. Wilson is one of the most recognizable and fascinating players in all of baseball, and his antics would be a great fit in baseball's biggest market. After all, how often does a team get a chance to sign a "certified ninja"?
In all seriousness, Wilson would bring a sense of fun to a clubhouse that hasn't had fun in too long. Making matters worse is the loss of R.A. Dickey, the one excellent pitcher and story from last season's club.
If Wilson signed with New York, the Mets would regain the public eye, and there would be a sense of optimism and fun that the club lacked in 2012. If the Mets are really looking for a relief pitcher, the solution is staring them in the face, and he's a ninja.
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