Dodgers in talks with Brian Wilson on contract

Brian Wilson could be returning to the Dodgers as a setup man.
Brian Wilson could be returning to the Dodgers as a setup man. (USATSI)

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With Joe Nathan now off the board, it looks like Brian Wilson is the top free agent closer -- though he's far from alone, as the likes of Grant Balfour, Joaquin Benoit and Fernando Rodney are still available. That may not be the case for long, as Jon Heyman reports the Dodgers and Wilson are in talks on a deal.

Wilson, 31, re-established himself as a dominant reliever last season once he was able to return from Tommy John surgery in his right arm. He had a 0.66 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 13 strikeouts in 13 2/3 regular season innings before throwing six scoreless frames in the playoffs with eight strikeouts.

Now, Wilson has 171 career saves but he was setting up for the dominant Kenley Jansen down the stretch last season. Would brining Wilson back mean Jansen would once again be relegated to setup duties?

The answer to that question appears to be no.

Jansen posted a 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings last year. As such, if this Wilson signing comes to fruition, the Dodgers have a downright scary duo coming out of the bullpen toward the end of close games.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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