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The Los Angeles Dodgers have released relief pitcher Brian Wilson, three days after designating him for assignment, the team announced on Friday.
The team will be forced to absorb the $9.5 million Wilson was set to make after he exercised his player option in November.
The #Dodgers have released Brian Wilson, whom they recently DFA'd.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 20, 2014
Wilson posted a 4.66 ERA in 48 1/3 innings pitched and converted one of five save opportunities in 2014.
On Wednesday, Giants' TV analyst Mike Krukow weighed in on Wilson being designated for assignment.
"I don't care. I don't care if he went 0-14 last year with an ERA in the 20s. They owed him nine-and-a-half million bucks. At the very least, you're gonna bring that guy back to see what he's got this year, to see if you can get anything out of your investment," Krukow told KNBR 680-AM on Wednesday morning.
"I was blown away they dumped him. So I don't think it had anything to do with how he's pitching. I think it had everything to do with what he was in the clubhouse. And that's why I was surprised with it. I know what Wilson is like in that clubhouse, especially to his teammates. He's a good teammate.
"And for the Dodgers to just dump him out that says they don't want him around. And I'd like to find out a little bit more as to why this has happened because it doesn't make sense based on what we've seen with Wilson in the clubhouse and how he is with his team."
Krukow's broadcast partner Duane Kuiper offered his opinion.
"My reaction is: The Dodgers have money, they can spend it ... If you got the money, then you can eat it, too," Kuiper told KNBR 680-AM. "And that's what they really did with Wilson.
"If you have money and you can spend it in a way where if the guy doesn't pan out and it's not gonna affect you, then you can do it