Wilson, Balfour On M’s Target List?
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(1090 The Fan) — The rumor mill is in full swing around Major League Baseball — and because of the couple of big trades that have happened in the past few days, the rumors are getting louder.
Earlier this week, the Detroit Tigers sent slugger Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers for All-Star infielder Ian Kinsler.
Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals traded David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as part of a four-player deal. In return, the Cardinals get center fielder Peter Bourjos.
The tension is building, especially in Seattle, as Mariners fans wait for General Manager Jack Zduriencik to execute a blockbuster deal or sign a big-name free agent.
FOX Sports Baseball Writer Ken Rosenthal sparked some chatter by tweeting Seattle is in the market for a closer and that Brian Wilson and Grant Balfour are in the mix. Both Wilson and Balfour have been regarded as the two of the biggest names among free agent relievers.
Wilson, who was the face of the San Francisco Giants’ miraculous march to a championship in 2010, only played for a little less than half a season last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wilson, 31, sat out the entire 2012 campaign after recovering from Tommy John surgery. During his stint with the Dodgers, he pitched just 19 and 2/3 innings during the regular season and the playoffs. He only walked four batters in that span and proved that the surgery had done virtually nothing to his velocity by consistently hitting 90-93 miles per hour with his fastball.
Balfour, who turns 36 in December, had been with the Oakland Athletics for the past three seasons. For the past two years he had been the team’s closer in which he racked up a total of 62 saves.
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