By Jon Weisman
To make room for Brandon McCarthy on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers have designated reliever Brian Wilson for assignment.
Dodger general manager Farhan Zaidi said to reporters today that with the offseason additions of such relievers as Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Chris Hatcher, the team decided it had enough of a surplus to part ways with Wilson, who was signed through 2015.
“For us, the contract is the contract,” Zaidi said. “We don’t want to be sort of tied down by financial obligations — we’re just trying to build the best team we can for 2015.”
Zaidi added that the team had been keeping tabs on Wilson during the offseason and that it was “not a move made out of any medical concern.”
After allowing only one run in 13 2/3 innings down the stretch of the 2013 season and then pitching six shutout innings in the playoffs that year, Wilson allowed 82 baserunners in 48 1/3 innings in the 2014 season, while striking out 54. He was on the mound when the Dodgers clinched the 2014 National League West title, then faced three batters in the 2014 playoffs.