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Brian Wilson, Dodgers near deal

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07:31 AM ET 12.04 | The beard is back? The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to bringing back free-agent reliever Brian Wilson, sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. Wilson, the former San Francisco Giants closer, went 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 18 games as a setup man to Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen this past season after coming back from his second Tommy John surgery. Sources said Wilson has made it clear to the Dodgers that he's willing to return to the team as a setup man in 2014, with an opportunity to take over as closer if Jansen falters or gets hurt. A strong and deep bullpen was a significant factor in the Dodgers' run to the National League West title in 2013. Los Angeles' bullpen went 30-24 with an aggregate 3.49 ERA, while ranking seventh in the league in strikeouts (451) and fourth in batting average against (.240).

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December 4, 2013  08:09 AM ET

He reminds me of the Geico caveman, but the dude sure can pitch when healthy.

December 4, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Good Move for LA!

December 4, 2013  08:18 AM ET

If he doesn't do well, he's in the right City to Play in Planet of The Apes!

December 4, 2013  10:21 AM ET

That will put the Dodgers in good shape for the late innings.

December 4, 2013  10:43 AM ET

What's going to happen when he's gotta hit the road with the Beach Boys?

December 4, 2013  12:52 PM ET
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What's going to happen when he's gotta hit the road with the Beach Boys?

Charles Manson can take his place in the bullpen.

December 4, 2013  02:59 PM ET

The guy is too much a distraction... Self serving non-team player, but one heck of a good reliever..... Fur face, Pug and Hanley in the same dugout is like playing with dynamite...

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