The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated veteran relief pitcher Brian Wilson for assignment, despite having signed him to a two-year, $20 million commitment before the 2014 MLB season.
Per Aaron Gleeman of NBC's Hardball Talk, "it’s highly unlikely that any team will claim Wilson and his contract off waivers, but presumably the Dodgers will simply release the 33-year-old former All-Star closer no matter what."
Wilson is scheduled to make $9.5 million in 2015. Add in the $12 million or so that the Dodgers are sending the Miami Marlins to offset salary costs for Dee Gordon and Dan Haren, and that's over $21 million in dead money for the franchise heading into 2015.
The 33-year-old reliever had 14 good innings for the Dodgers in 2013, which prompted the Los Angeles brass to hand him the aforementioned contract. However, he struggled with various arm ailments throughout the 2014 campaign, pitching 48 innings with a 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio during a generally ineffective season at Dodger Stadium.
Wilson was handed his two-year, $20 million deal by the franchise's previous front office regime. It appears that the new guys in charge are willing to put their stamp on things without question, regardless of potential cost.
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