Ways That Brian Wilson Would Bring Stability to the New York Mets' Bullpen

Alex Ott@the_otter15Contributor IJanuary 23, 2013

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 15:  Relief pitcher Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 15, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Frank Francisco is not an elite closer.

In all honesty, Frank Francisco is hardly a closer at all. In the past two seasons, Francisco has compiled 40 saves, with 72 saves to his name over his eight-year career.

To put that in perspective, during Francisco Rodriguez's record-breaking 2008 campaign, K-Rod closed out 62 games, only ten less than Francisco's career.

So although he is being paid $6 million next year, it's time for the Mets to cut their losses and revamp their bullpen. 

Getting rid of Acosta, Ramirez and Rauch is addition by subtraction, but what have the Mets actually done to improve their bullpen? Pedro Feliciano could potentially be a quality addition, but he has yet to appear in a game since signing a two-year deal with the Yankees after the 2010 season. Other than him, the Mets have yet to land a major league reliever.

So while the reliever market is thinning, why are the Mets not taking a run at Brian Wilson?

Granted, there is tremendous risk in signing a pitcher after a season-ending arm injury, but could Wilson possibly be worse than some of the names the Mets have trotted out to the mound over the past few years? Is Wilson not a better solution than Miguel Batista? 

Let's take a look at Brian Wilson's career numbers. A 3.21 ERA and 171 career saves at 30 years old seems significantly better than Francisco's 3.92 ERA and 72 career saves at the age of 32.

Plus, Wilson brings to the Mets what they truly lack: personality. David Wright is a great locker room guy and the media loves him, but after him, who do they have? No one sticks out as a star player or an incredible personality who can court the media or bring fans out to the stadium.

Brian Wilson could be that guy. If you've watched any baseball at all over the past four years, you would know that "Fear the Beard" swept the nation and put the San Francisco Giants in the national spotlight. A talented closer with a personality is exactly what the Mets need to get some toughness and edge.

The ball is in Sandy Alderson's court. Are the Mets going to be competitive in 2013, or are fans going to have to wait until 2015 or 2016 to see playoff baseball again? Everyone else in the National League East is getting better, but it seems the Mets are taking steps back. 

Wilson could be a big leap forward.