There was some speculation about the Boston Red Sox being interested in free agent closer Brian Wilson a few weeks back, but that speculation has since died down.
However, would Wilson be a good fit for the Red Sox?
The Londonderry, NH native will turn 31-years-old this March and is coming off of a season that was cut short due to Tommy John surgery.
For the past couple of seasons, Wilson has been one of the league’s top closers as he’s recorded at least 36 saves in each season from 2008 until 2011. Wilson has a career 3.21 ERA.
With that being said, would Wilson be an upgrade over what the Red Sox have right now? Well what do they have right now? A banged up closer in Andrew Bailey that pitched in only 19 games this past season with the team and is currently beginning to throw due to a thumb injury.
Even if healthy, is Bailey the answer for Boston in the back-end of their bullpen? That answer remains to be seen.
But with Wilson, he’s a proven, elite closer that has thrived under pressure and in the big stage of the World Series.
So ultimately, if the price is right and Wilson is 100 percent healthy, then bringing him in wouldn’t be all that bad of a transaction.