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Brian Wilson signs with Dodgers
July 30, 2013, 05:00 AM

Brian Wilson, who had 171 saves in seven seasons as the All-Star closer of the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN who sites multiple sources.

Wilson, 31, underwent Tommy John surgery last April after two early-season appearances with the Giants. He was non-tendered by the club last November after making $8.5 million in 2012.

The tentative plan is for Wilson to begin a two-week plan to return to the majors starting at the Dodgers' spring training complex in Arizona, according to reports. If all goes well, he will continue on to Class A Rancho Cucamonga, then report to the Dodgers, according to ESPN.

Wilson is a three-time All-Star whose 48 saves in 2010 led the majors and tied a Giants single-season record. From 2008 through 2011, Wilson allowed only 15.1 percent of inherited runners to score -- the best rate in the majors.

The Dodgers were one of several teams to scout Wilson's throwing session last Thursday at UCLA.

In an interview with 710 ESPNLA the following day, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti called the possibility of signing Wilson "intriguing."

Once he joins the Dodgers, Wilson likely will be used in a setup role. Colletti has been searching for another right-handed reliever to go with closer Kenley Jansen and setup men Ronald Belisario and Paco Rodriguez, according to ESPN.



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