Los Angeles Dodgers: Is Ex-Giant Brian Wilson the Answer to Bullpen Need?

Matthew HernandezContributor IJuly 25, 2013

April 12, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.  The Giants won 4-2.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have climbed out of the National League West cellar and currently find themselves atop the division standings with no signs of slowing down. Their hot play over the last month has put them in a position to make a serious playoff push in pursuit of their first World Series Championship since 1988. One need that the team still needs to address is their bullpen, and the Dodgers may be looking at a familiar foe for help. 

According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Ex-San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is planning to throw for scouts on Thursday and the Dodgers will likely be among them. 

Wilson played a big role on the Giants' 2010 World Series Championship team, posting a 1.81 ERA with 48 saves. The three-time All-Star also pitched in 10 games that postseason recording six saves without giving up a single earned run.  

Wilson's career was put on hold early in the 2012 season after an injury required him to undergo his second Tommy John surgery. He has not pitched since and is currently a free agent.  

The man who became so popular his beard has its own Twitter may be a valuable addition to a contender at this point in the season if he can prove that his arm still has life. Earlier this week, he threw a bullpen session with Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti, according to Andrew Baggarly of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. According to the report, it was estimated that he topped out at 94 mph and had "terrific stuff."

The Philadelphia Phillies are also reportedly among the teams scouting Wilson according to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury, so the Dodgers may have some competition if they plan on pursuing the former All-Star.

Their bullpen could certainly use the help. The Dodgers rank 22nd in bullpen ERA and have the eighth-most losses as a unit.  

Bullpen strength is extremely important in the playoffs. If the Dodgers want to make a run at the World Series, they could certainly use another solid reliever. Wilson may or may not be the answer, but if they're willing to give Carlos Marmol a shot they may roll the dice with Brian Wilson as well.