Brian Wilson injury reaction 

April, 15, 2012
I've owned San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson -- see, we can no longer say "closer" -- in my oldest fantasy league for a few years, and I quietly tried to trade him in March. Looking at Wilson's 2011 season, one didn't need a master's degree in fantasy to realize Wilson's best days were likely behind him, though I still expected a decent 2012 season from him, with many saves. On Friday, I blogged about my concern regarding Wilson (and Giancarlo Stanton, who thankfully had a better weekend) and noted I would try to deal him while his name value was high.

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Well, that didn't take long. The value is pretty much gone now after Wilson's throwing elbow was deemed a mess on Saturday, with structural damage and a pending surgery to clean things up. Wilson's season, like that of fellow closers Joakim Soria and Ryan Madson, is over, and fantasy owners are left to pick up the pieces. As for me, I had planned to start fielding trade offers for Wilson in that league on Monday. Well, perhaps I'll use that time to write another blog entry now, or try to acquire a closer.

Wilson was the No. 4 closer off the board in ESPN average live drafts for this season, which I thought was a bit optimistic, but I also didn't expect this. Even last season, with constant elbow trouble, a declining strikeout rate and a mere five innings pitched from August 1 on, he saved 36 games with a 3.11 ERA. The Giants don't score a ton of runs, but the rotation is loaded, and that tends to provide a closer with many opportunities. Perhaps that's why we're all so interested in whom manager Bruce Bochy chooses as his next closer.