The Beard is coming back.
Wilson was looking to return to a closer role, but the former All-Star, who makes his off-season home in Los Angeles, made an exception for the Dodgers, provided they pay him like a ninth-inning pitcher.
They are, and they also promised him the chance to become closer should Jansen falter or get injured, according to people familiar with their discussions who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.
Neither Wilson nor Dodgers General Manager
At the end of next season, Wilson will have the option to extend his contract by a year. The option could be worth anywhere from $8.5 million to $10 million, depending on how many games Wilson pitches in 2014.
Wilson can earn an additional $700,000 in incentives each year based on how many games he finishes.
The structure of the contract provides Wilson, 31, the opportunity to build up his value and re-enter the free-agent market next winter.
Wilson's career was in limbo about a year ago. He was recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery and wasn't tendered a contract by the
Wilson waited until July 30 to sign a one-year, $1-million deal with the Dodgers.
By mid-September, Wilson was setting up for Jansen. He continued to pitch the eighth inning for the Dodgers during the playoffs.
Wilson finished the regular season with a 0.66 earned-run average in 18 games, and he made six more scoreless appearances during the playoffs.
The team wasn't particularly concerned about Wilson's surgically repaired elbow. His fastball was clocked as high as 96 mph last season. Mindful that Jansen has made 140 appearances over the last two seasons, the Dodgers also consider Wilson insurance for the ninth inning.
Wilson was courted by the
Wilson fortifies the back end of a Dodgers bullpen that was depleted by free agency.
Left-hander Paco Rodriguez remains under contract with the Dodgers. But Rodriguez pitched in 76 games last season and his ERA ballooned to 5.68 in September. He didn't make the roster for the National League Championship Series.