Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment

Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment
Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson walks past a caricature of himself on a screen in left field at Dodger Stadium back in June. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Think it’s not a very different world under the Dodgers’ new management team? Then you’d better hitch up the britches and get ready for an entirely new kind of wild ride.

Tuesday the Dodgers designated Brian Wilson for assignment.

That would be the right-handed reliever who is owed $10 million next season. This after the Dodgers sent $10 million to the Marlins to cover Dan Haren’s salary, $32 million to the Padres for a portion of Matt Kemp’s obligation and $2.5 million in the deal for Dee Gordon.

That's $54.5 million now being paid to opposing players. Yep, a very different world.


"We don't want to be sort of tied down by any sort of financial obligations," said General Manager Farhan Zaidi. "We're just trying to build the best team we can for 2015."

This is the way it should be, of course, just not how it normally plays out. Somehow I don't think Ned Colletti makes this decision.

But with the Dodgers officially signing Brandon McCarthy to his four-year, $48-million contract, they had to move someone off the full 40-man roster to make room. And the ax fell on the 32-year-old left-hander who turned a phenomenal September in 2013 into a two-year, $20-million contract.

Wilson, however, was one serious disappointment last season. He was highly unreliable, could never claim the eighth inning as his, saw his velocity drop and finished with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.61 WHIP.

And with the Dodgers having added right-handed relievers Juan Nicasio, Joel Peralta and Chris Hatcher this off-season, Wilson was deemed a failed experiment and expendable, major contract and all.

"This was not a move made out of any medical concern, it was a move related to performance and the fact that it's a position after some of the moves we made this off-season, we just had a surplus," Zaidi said.

The right-hander came with a unique personality, and Zaidi hesitated and laughed when asked if clubhouse chemistry played a part in the decision to DFA Wilson before saying:

"Every move we make is about putting the best team we can on the field for 2015. And at this point we just didn't feel like he was one of the best seven reliever options we had. That was the first and foremost consideration."

The Dodgers have yet to announce the Jimmy Rollins and Matt Kemp trades, so more roster juggling is still to come. And in this new climate, every player on the roster’s margins best be nervous under this new regime.