When the San Francisco Giants surprisingly non-tendered Brian Wilson, there was immediate interest in the All-Star closer across the baseball world. However, there were concerns about him returning from Tommy John surgery. His doctor all but quashed those concerns yesterday when he said Wilson would be ready to go by spring training. Now, the interest level in Wilson has shot up.
According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, numerous teams are interested in the 30-year old closer.
Brian Wilson's agent, Dan Lozano, says 9 teams are interested in The Beard. None would require him to grab a razor.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 6, 2012
Wilson missed the entire 2012 season when he underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. It's not uncommon for player who undergo Tommy John surgery to be more susceptible to the UCL injury a second time. Wilson responded well to the original surgery. He became one of the game's most dominant closers. There's no reason to think he can't perform well after this surgery.
Wilson has played in seven MLB seasons. In that time, he has compiled a 3.21 ERA and 171 saves. He is a three-time All-Star and finished seventh in Cy Young voting in 2008. In that season, Wilson saved 48 games and posted a 1.81 ERA.