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The Dodgers on Tuesday designated right-handed reliever Brian Wilson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Brandon McCarthy, the team announced on Twitter.
"At this point, we did not feel he was one of the best seven relief options," new general manager Farhan Zaidi said. "This was not a move made out of any medical concern. This is a move about performance."
A trade is still possible, but the Dodgers are expected to absorb the $9.5 million due to Wilson after he exercised his player option for the upcoming season in early November.
In his second season with the Dodgers, Wilson pitched primarily in a setup role, making 61 appearances.
He posted a 4.66 ERA in 48 1/3 innings pitched and converted one of five save opportunities in 2014.
Wilson spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Giants, where the three-time All-Star compiled a 3.21 ERA and recorded 171 saves.
The Dodgers have designated reliever Brian Wilson for assignment to make room for Brandon McCarthy on the 40-man roster.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) December 16, 2014