Phillies Watch Brian Wilson’s Workout
The Phillies were one of the team's at Brian Wilson's workout Thursday. The former Giants closer, hasn't appeared in a game since last April but could join someone's bullpen in August. Wilson had Tommy John surgery last April and has been working out in Hawaii recently.
A scout told CBS Sports' Danny Knobler that Brian Wilson "looked good" in a throwing session in front of interested teams
"His fastball was 90-93 mph," the scout said. "[He's] not far away." .
They certainly need bullpen help, as they've lost Mike Adams and others to various injuries this season and their relief corps holds a 4.36 ERA.
Sources estimated that Wilson topped out around 94 mph and had "terrific stuff."
Coming off Tommy John surgery, it remains to be seen what kind of market will develop for the 31-year-old closer. Wilson wasn't happy when the Giants declined to offer him a contract after the 2012 season, so it remains to be seen whether he'd consider re-signing with them, even though they had a private workout with them on Monday.
If the Phillies are in fact interested in bringing Wilson in, would it be to add to a bullpen that has been on of the worst in baseball as a set-up man to Jonathan Papelbon or would it be as a closer so they can trade Papelbon, clear his contract and get prospects back in return?
The Phillies don't really have anyone on their roster that has closing experience in the big leagues and Wilson might only want to sign with a team where he has a shot to be a closer.
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