October 7, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson (00) celebrates the 4-3 victory against the Atlanta Braves following game four of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez TODAY Sports

MLB rumors: Brian Wilson believed to be Detroit Tigers preferred closer target?


Coming off three consecutive American League Championship Series’, the Detroit Tigers don’t exactly have a lot of ‘needs’ but one area of the team that needs an overhaul is their closer spot.

The Tigers were so desperate for a fireman at one point during the 2013 season, they went back to embattled arm Jose Valverde, who they moved on from after the 2012. That of course, as expected, didn’t work out which lead to the Tigers mixing and matching until finally settling on Joaquin Benoit, who finished out the year as Detroit’s closer and did a fine job in the role.

However, Detroit seems to be looking for an experienced closer, so they can move Benoit back to his setup role and ESPN’s Buster Olney believes former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson is atop their wishlist:

Depending on where dollar figures fall, DET’s preference among available closers may well be Brian Wilson,coming off his strong ’13 showing.

Wilson, who essentially missed all of the 2012 season and part of 2013 after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery came back and pitched very well for the Dodgers, alleviating any health concerns – at least in the short term.

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