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Hey remember that guy?
Before the Beard—yes, it should be capitalized—and the TV spots, Brian Wilson was a 24th round selection in the 2003 draft who had just undergone Tommy John surgery in 2003. He has since pitched his way into San Francisco lore and the national spotlight.
In his stellar time with the Giants, Wilson has racked up 170 saves. In addition to a dominate 2010 playoff run that culminated in a World Series title. Stack all of this up and Wilson is rapidly becoming a very expensive commodity for the Giants.
Wilson's current 2-year, $15 million dollar contract makes him near the leagues top paid closers. However, the market for closers has blossomed, and if Johnathan Papelbon's enormous 4-year, $50 million dollar contract is any indication the Giants may be forced to deal Wilson.
Wilson's success has made him a highly touted commodity that the Giants might no longer be able to afford. Better to trade him before he seeks a big money contract the Giants have proven they are unwilling to match.