The free-agent right-hander had spent more than a year recovering from Tommy John surgery, the second of his career. Wilson is likely to report to the Dodgers’ facility in Arizona, and in about two weeks be major-league ready. Initially, he will set up Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.
His signature facial hair and quirky personality had become favorites among Giants fans, who with homemade signs and T-shirts warned opposing teams to “Fear the Beard.” He’d been a Giant since draft day 2003, became their fulltime closer in 2008, and was a key figure in the club’s 2010 World Series championship.
Wilson, 31, had 48 saves in 2010, his best season, then had six saves in the postseason. He was on the disabled list last season, when the Giants won their second championship in three years.
He lives in the Los Angeles area.
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