Former Giants closer Brian Wilson remains on the free agent market while he recovers from a second Tommy John surgery that forced him to miss almost all of last season.
While reports throughout the offseason have hinted at possible return to San Francisco for Wilson -- most recently manager Bruce Bochy telling MLB.com that the "can't say the door is closed" -- Giants general manager Brian Sabean and Wilson's agent Dan Lozano are currently in a disagreement over contract discussions.
Sabean says that Lozano is asking for too much guaranteed money rather than an incentive-laden deal, while Lozano says that they never discussed terms and money, according to CSNBayArea.com's Andrew Baggarly.
Wilson’s agent responded immediately and forcefully to a comment that Brian Sabean made during a media session on the eve of FanFest Friday, in which the Giants’ longtime GM said, “Their camp holds hope he can get a contract with more guaranteed money, and we’re looking for more of an incentive-type deal.”Wilson is throwing off a mound three times a week and is close to 90 percent, according to the report. Four or five teams are interested in the closer, who owns 171 career saves and a 3.21 lifetime ERA.
Dan Lozano of MVP Sports Group called Sabean’s statement inaccurate because, under direct order from Wilson, there have been no discussions about contract terms with the Giants or any other club.
“(Wilson) has instructed us not to talk terms or money until he’s 100 percent,” Lozano said. “We haven’t talked terms or money with the Giants or any other team. So I’m a little baffled by Brian Sabean’s comment that we’re out there looking for more money.”
Informed of Lozano’s reaction, Sabean said he stood by his comment.
“The organization’s stance, and what our intent has been all along, is an incentive-based contract, and we haven’t gotten past square one,” Sabean said. “That’s what I was being blunt about. If you don’t want that, don’t you want more guaranteed money? Isn’t that what you would deduce?”