Should The Angels Sign Brian Wilson?

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Updated: February 11, 2017

Three-time All-Star relief pitcher Brian Wilson has not pitched in the Majors since 2014. He is now attempting a comeback to the MLB, but as a knuckleball pitcher.

The Angels bullpen is lacking depth, and Brian Wilson could be exactly what they need. Wilson hasn’t pitched in the MLB since 2014 with the Dodgers, but believes he still has something to offer a team. He wants to return to the Majors as a knuckleball pitcher.

Wilson is a three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, and won a World Series with them in 2010. He struggled in 2014 going 2-4 4.66 ERA in 61 games with one save. Wilson is injury prone, but could reinvent himself as a knuckleball pitcher.

During his nine Major League seasons Wilson is 24-25 3.30 ERA in 394 games with 172 saves. Even more impressive is that he’s never allowed a run in the postseason. Wilson has 18 innings pitched in the postseason with zero earned runs, and six saves.

The 34-year-old that says he is “actually 26 biologically” could still have something to offer a Major League team. Wilson has plenty of MLB experience, and postseason success. He might not be the same guy that ended up finishing 13th in the MVP balloting, but he can still be a useful pitcher.

Wilson did throw earlier in the off-season and has at least two teams interested in him. Instead of throwing his nasty 95 mph slider, he’ll be throwing a 67 mph knuckleball, but this could be a new chapter for Wilson. “The Beard” could be back in the MLB in 2017, and the Angels should take the chance and sign him.

 

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