Report: Sabean says Wilson will not return to Giants

Report: Sabean says Wilson will not return to Giants
January 19, 2013, 1:15 pm
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The Giants are pursuing Brandon Lyon presumably to replace Brian Wilson in the bullpen. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

With the Giants in pursuit of free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, it was all but certain that Brian Wilson would not return to San Francisco. General manager Brian Sabean reportedly made that absolutely clear on Saturday.

The New York Post's Anthony Sulla-Heffinger is reporting that Sabean thinks there is little chance Wilson will re-sign with the Giants.

“I’m going to be brutally honest as I always am, I don’t [think Wilson will return],” Sabean said during an event in Midtown on Saturday. “In this case, where you are getting a second Tommy John…it’s the type of rehab where he’s still not further up along to judge exactly where he may be able to come back in major league fashion, let alone as a closer.”

Wilson has spent the last seven seasons with the Giants as the team's primary closer, but was replaced by closer Sergio Romo during San Francisco's 2012 World Series run after Wilson underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career. The Giants did not tender his contract after the season.

The New York Mets have reportedly shown some interest in Wilson, but he remains a free agent.

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