Red Sox mentioned in mix for Brian Wilson

Harry How

With New England ties, Giants closer Brian Wilson could be an intriguing free agent prospect for the Boston Red Sox.

Closer Brian Wilson continues to be rumored as a potential free agent target for the Boston Red Sox. Buster Olney Tweeted that the New Hampshire native might be a possibility for the Sox, and FOX's Ken Rosenthal reiterated that he's heard some say Boston is in the mix.

Wilson will likely be non-tendered by the World Champion Giants, a team with which he's risen to national prominence and profile both for his work as a closer and for his bizarre behavior and facial hair. He made $8.5 million with the team this season, and the Giants are almost certainly unwilling to pay him that kind of money going forward.

Wilson did not play almost all of the 2012 season, as he sat out rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. It was the second such surgery of his career, but prior to the injury, he amassed more than 35 saves in each of the past four seasons in San Francisco (topping out with 48 in 2010). It's always hard to predict what a closer will do coming off such a serious injury and surgery, but the New England native could be a productive option for a Sox team looking for bullpen help.

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