Since a few people have asked, I thought I would update the latest that I know about Brian Wilson's free agent status. The Giants remain hopeful that they will be able to bring back the former closer but they are looking at Sergio Romo as their closer come opening day. Wilson still feels slighted for being non-tendered by the Giants. He has given a lot to the franchise and feels disrespected by how this all came about. All reports suggest that he will explore his options elsewhere but that does not close the door on him returning. The Angels, Red Sox and Tigers seem to be the biggest competition for his services and the Tigers and Red Sox appear to be the better fits for him.
There is a connection between Wilson, the Giants team and the Giants fans that can't really be measured. He is a bigger part of what has happened here than many people realize. From a personnel stand point, the Giants can afford the loss. However, chemistry is a big part of how the Giants got where they are and to think that losing Wilson would not impact team chemistry is naive. Casual fans really may not get this but Brian Wilson, even though he didn't contribute on the field, was still a factor in this year's run. The relationship between Wilson and Romo appears to be special and that is not something to take lightly. While it appears the relationship between Wilson and the Giants is strained a bit, I am still holding out hope that it can be saved.