Brian Wilson Signing Will Prove to Be a Bargain for Los Angeles Dodgers

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2013

DENVER, CO - APRIL 11:  Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in relief against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 11, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Giants 17-8.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers took a flyer on former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, and it will pay big dividends. 

The club tweeted its free-agent signing:

Wilson also wasted no time flashing his trademark sense of humor about his new deal:

The Associated Press, via the Washington Post, then passed along details from the deal. Wilson is guaranteed $1 million for the remainder of the season. There are also a series of bonuses that could rapidly increase the value of the deal. 

This is not a cheap signing considering the season is beyond the halfway point, but it will still prove to be a bargain for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who are trying to make a serious postseason run this year. That is even with the fact that Wilson doesn't figure to be this team's closer. 

With 25-year-old Kenley Jansen maturing nicely into that role for L.A., Wilson's value in Los Angeles will likely be found as a setup man. And the Dodgers can certainly use some help in this area. 

The Dodgers bullpen is 20th in the majors in ERA and 22nd in opposing batting average. 

At 57-49 and with a 2.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the division, the Dodgers had to improve this area to solidify themselves for the stretch run, and they did just that without having to trade a player away. 

Wilson hasn't appeared in the majors since April 12 of last year because he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery. While there is legitimate concern over how the 31-year-old will perform after the procedure, as the Associated Press notes, he threw in front of Dodgers scouts and they were happy with "Wilson's velocity and location." 

And even if Wilson isn't as strong as he was prior to his injury, he can still be effective. For his career, Wilson is limiting opponents to a .238 batting average while racking up 340 strikeouts against 320 walks. 

He is also not that far removed from a dominant run from 2008 to 2011 with the Giants. During that span, he led the majors with 163 saves in just 186 chances.

Unless he suffers a setback, Wilson is going to help this team. Combine that with the fact that the Dodgers didn't have to give up a player to land him and the fact the club's fake beard sales should skyrocket, and this move was a bargain.