Conversations between the Detroit Tigers and zany closer Brian Wilson are getting more and more serious.
According to the Detroit News, Wilson, a 31-year-old right-hander who led the major leagues with 48 saves in 2010, met with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on Sunday along with his agent in Los Angeles.
Wilson signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in late July after recovering from Tommy John surgery, making 18 appearances for the Dodgers, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA as an eighth inning guy. He went 1-0 in the playoffs last year, throwing six shutout innings.
After earning $1 million for the Dodgers last season, the beard is projected to garner a short-term deal close to $10 million per year.
If Wilson should choose to sign with another team, the Tigers do have several formidable backup options to take the mound for Detroit in the ninth inning next year.
Here are the four best options for the Tigers if Wilson signs elsewhere: