COMMENTARY | There is a particular man out there who does not have a job right now. This man plays baseball, has one of the fiercest beards you'll ever see, and in his free time simulates the rhythm of an organ playing by tapping his fingers on his teammates' heads.
This man with the beard is also fittingly known as "The Beard," and his name is Brian Patrick Wilson. The Miami Marlins need to sign this man while he is still available. Wilson, the former World Series champion with the San Francisco Giants, has not pitched since April 12, 2012, when he injured his elbow against the Colorado Rockies. However, regardless of whether Wilson's rehab from Tommy John surgery has seen him regain his old form, the Marlins could use someone like him. Other than Giancarlo Stanton, or maybe Jose Fernandez, the Marlins really do not have a player that makes people switch to their game just to see him in action.
Brian Wilson is just such a player and personality.
I think the Marlins would be a good fit for him. Think about it. Miami is an eccentric city of color and flair. It has a flamboyant, wild personality like no other; so does Brian Wilson. There is not a more appropriate venue for Wilson to play baseball in than Marlins Park. His ridiculous antics and ferocious beard can at all times be accompanied by the absolutely absurd sculpture behind the left-center field wall.
Also, chances are he would be a valuable addition on the field. Although the starting pitching has been excellent, the bullpen has been average at best. Steve Cishek is probably the Marlins' best relief pitcher, but I really do not view him as a solid solution at closer. He is simply the best the Marlins have at the moment.
Miami should bring in Brian Wilson, let him be the closer, and put Cishek where he is truly at his best, which is as a setup man in the eighth inning. This would allow Ryan Webb and Mike Dunn to alternate as the seventh-inning setup man, depending on lefty or righty matchups.
The next question is, would Wilson even be interested in signing with the Marlins? My guess is that even if he was interested, he would take only a short-term deal. Signing with the Marlins would likely be a last resort for him, in the case that he is getting no interest from other clubs. It is more believable that Wilson will sign with a contender later in the season. I get the feeling that sooner rather than later he will be offered a deal by a team with a brighter future in 2013 than Miami, but I hope the Marlins make a move for him. He would be a welcome arrival to a club that currently lacks fire, star-quality players, and wonderful beards.
Brett grew up in south Florida and is a lifelong Marlins supporter. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Sport Management. Follow him on Twitter @B_Zager.
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