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Dodgers sign reliever Brian Wilson

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"The Beard" is heading to Los Angeles, another tough pill to swallow for San Francisco Giants fans enduring their team's disappointing season.

Former Giants closer Brian Wilson signed a major league contract with the Dodgers. ESPN.com reported that Wilson's one-year deal is worth $1 million plus potential incentive bonuses.

The popular reliever with impressive facial hair and a more impressive fastball was a key figure on the 2010 World Series champions.

The 31-year-old veteran last pitched in the majors in April 2012, shortly before he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery for the second time in his career. He was non-tendered by the Giants last winter.

Multiple media outlets reported Wilson would report to the Dodgers' complex in Arizona, then head to Class A Rancho Cucamonga when he's deemed ready for game action. He could report to the big-league club in as soon as two weeks.

When he arrives, Wilson likely will serve as an eighth-inning setup man ahead of closer Kenley Jansen.

Wilson recently threw for teams at UCLA. The Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks were also believed to be serious about signing him.

The right-hander recorded 48 saves and posted a 1.81 ERA for the Giants in 2010, then added six more saves in the postseason as the Giants went on to defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series. His final save came in the clinching game.

He saved at least 36 games for San Francisco each season from 2008-11, making three All-Star Game appearances.

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