Dodgers Sign Free-Agent Reliever Brian Wilson to One-Year Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free-agent reliever Brian Wilson, who led Major League Baseball with 163 saves from 2008 to 2011 for the San Francisco Giants.

Wilson, 31, appeared in only two games last year before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right elbow and missing the Giants’ run to a second World Series title in three years. He became a free agent in December.

A three-time All-Star known for his bushy black beard, Wilson joins a Dodgers team that’s in first place in the National League West division. Wilson probably will be a setup man to closer Kenley Jansen in the Los Angeles bullpen, which began last night ranking 11th among 15 NL teams with a 3.82 earned run average.

Wilson, who signed a one-year deal, had a 20-20 record with a 3.21 ERA and 171 saves for the Giants from 2006 through 2012. He led the NL with 48 saves in 2010, when he was on the mound for the final out of San Francisco’s World Series win against the Texas Rangers. Wilson has struck out 340 batters in 320 career innings in the major leagues.

Wilson last pitched in the majors on April 12, 2012. The Dodgers are scheduled to play the Giants seven times during September, the final month of the regular season.

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