According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed relief pitcher Brian Wilson.
The contract is a one-year agreement, for $10 million next season, and it includes a player option for 2015, where Wilson can earn between $9 million and $10 million.
If Wilson chooses to exercise the player option, his 2015 salary will be dependent on the number of appearances he makes in 2014.
Recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, Wilson didn’t sign with the Dodgers until July of 2012. Ever the big-personality, Wilson’s impact on the team was felt immediately.
While his clubhouse antics were expected, how much he would be able to contribute to the team on the field was initially in doubt.
18 appearances later, Wilson carries a 0.66 ERA, and it’s clear Wilson could still be a dominant pitcher. Six of Wilson’s 18 appearances came in postseason play where he pitched six innings, allowing only four hits and no runs.
Wilson helped stabilize a bullpen that for all intents and purposes greatly struggled prior to his arrival. Dodger relievers often failed to keep a lead before turning the game over to closer Kenley Jansen, or couldn’t keep the Dodgers’ deficit within reach.
The combination of Wilson and Jansen at the backend of the bullpen gives the Dodgers one of baseball’s most formidable duos.
Wilson’s contract is pending a physical, which he will undergo on Thursday.