The Dodgers have reached agreement with Brian Wilson, signing the reliever to a one-year, $10 million contact with a player option for 2015, per both Tim Brown of Yahoo and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Wilson's player option could be worth between $8.5-$10 million, per Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, who also reported Wilson can earn up to $700,000 in each season in bonuses based on games finished.
If Wilson's salary in 2014 is $10 million (and not, for example, $9 million plus a $1 million buyout of the 2015 option), it would match Eric Gagne in 2006 for the highest salary ever paid to a Dodgers reliever.
Not bad for someone who has pitched 15⅔ innings in the past two seasons.
With Brandon League making $7.5 million next year and Kenley Jansen about to get a raise in his first time through arbitration, plus the rumored interest in bringing back J.P. Howell (or at least one more veteran reliever, if not Howell), 2014 will undoubtedly be the most expensive bullpen in Dodgers history.
The Tigers were interested in Wilson, but he reportedly broke off talks with Detroit to remain on the west coast. Detroit responded by agreeing to terms with Joe Nathan on Tuesday with a two-year, $20 million contract.
Wilson was 2-1 with an 0.66 ERA in 18 games, with 13 strikeouts in 13⅔ innings. He allowed just one run, and allowed only one of his 11 inherited runners to score.
By the playoffs, Wilson was the primary setup man to closer Kenley Jansen and continued his solid run. Wilson struck out eight in six scoreless postseason appearances, and in his career has pitched 17⅔ innings without giving up a run.
Assuming Wilson's salary as $10 million, the Dodgers now have $198.075 million committed to 17 players for 2014. They will have 35 players on the 40-man roster after Wilson's physical and the deal becomes official.