The Giants are going to make an effort to patch things up with former closer and current free agent Brian Wilson, but don't think that means he'll be coming back to reclaim his closer role immediately.
Bruce Bochy said at the Winter Meetings that he wants to talk with Wilson, but confirmed that Sergio Romo, who closed out games for the Giants down the stretch and finished off the World Series.
“You look at the job they did last year, and they certainly have earned the right to go into the year being our guys,” Bochy said.
Bochy was referring to his cast of guys that closed out -- Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Cassila, Javier Lopez and Romo -- and it'll be interesting to see who takes over as closer when the 2013 season begins.
Romo's clearly "the guy" and his effectiveness in closing out other teams is going to be a major factor next year. But the Giants would also probably like to reduce his load in order to prevent injury.
Just don't expect Wilson to be the guy who swoops in to save the day, although it's nice to hear Bochy say he can't forget all the Beard did for San Francisco.
“Sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as you would like, but you don’t forget the contribution he made to the Giants,” Bochy said. “It’s just part of the business.”
Wilson's understandably not happy with the Giants; no one's ever happy when they lose their job and all the money that comes with it.
But Bochy's correct here and baseball is a business and Wilson was going to make way too much money if the Giants did the sentimental thing and kept him on the roster. Perhaps they'll bring him back, but Wilson needs to get ready to accept that even if they do, he won't have the same role he did before.