Uncertain whether they could deal for a late-inning reliever before the nonwaiver trade deadline Wednesday, the
Wilson, a former World Series hero and All-Star closer with the
The colorful 31-year-old right-hander comes to the Dodgers as a reclamation project, as he is recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery and hasn't pitched since April 2012. When his contract becomes official, Wilson will be placed on the disabled list and report to the Dodgers' spring-training complex in Arizona. He is expected to pitch in minor league games before joining the major league team.
"We know what kind of competitor he's been, the games he's pitched in, the success he's had in the biggest games," Colletti said. "It's a matter of health and being sharp. We're willing to take that chance."
Wearing his trademark beard, Wilson was one of the more colorful personalities to emerge during the Giants' 2010 World Series run. That season, he recorded a league-best 48 saves and closed out six more games in the playoffs, including the final game of the World Series.
"We shared some great moments," said third baseman
Wilson blew out his elbow in his second appearance of 2012. The Tommy John surgery was the second of his career; the first was when he was at Louisiana State University.
The Dodgers sent scouts to watch Wilson throw at UCLA on Thursday and again Sunday. He was said to be throwing 90 to 93 mph.
Colletti and two of his special assistants met with Wilson in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
The Dodgers' offer was one of three received by Wilson, who makes his off-season home in Los Angeles. The two others were also from contending teams, according to a person close to Wilson.
Colletti explained not many teams are willing to trade quality bullpens arms; those who are willing want top-tier prospects in return.
"I've heard the same five names, no matter who it is," Colletti said.
That being the case, Colletti said he doesn't know whether the Dodgers will be able to make any deals before the 1 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline Wednesday.