Wilson may not receive contract offer
The San Francisco Giants might be ready to trim The Beard.
Right-handed closer Brian Wilson, known for his wildly long and dark beard, might not receive a contract offer from the team by the Friday deadline, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Players who aren't tendered a contract become free agents.
Wilson, a Londonderry native, missed nearly the entire 2012 season due to a right elbow injury, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in April. He earned $8.5 million this year while serving as a cheerleader for the team's run to the World Series championship.
By rule, players can't have their salary cut by more than 20 percent, so the Giants would have to offer him at least $6.8 million for 2013. The Chronicle reported that the team isn't ready to commit that much money to a player coming off major surgery.
According to the newspaper, the Giants would like to re-sign Wilson to a deal that would carry a lower guaranteed salary but would include sizable incentives Wilson could earn should he return to his previous form.
Wilson, 30, led the National League with 48 saves in 2010, and he helped the Giants win the World Series that year. In 10 postseason appearances, he allowed no earned runs in 10 innings while racking up six saves and a win.
He saved at least 36 games in four consecutive seasons before he was shut down after two appearances this year.
In Wilson's absence, the Giants employed a closer-by-committee approach for much of the season before settling on Sergio Romo as the closer. In the postseason, the San Francisco bullpen was outstanding, and Romo saved three of the four World Series wins against the Detroit Tigers.
Phillies' Ruiz suspended
Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has been suspended 25 games without pay for testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league announced.
The suspension is effective at the start of the 2013 regular season. Ruiz can participate in spring training games.
The 33-year-old is coming off his first career All-Star star appearance in 2012 and received eighth- and 10th-place votes in the National League Most Valuable Player voting after establishing career highs in hitting (.325) OPS (.935), home runs (16) and RBI (68) while playing in 114 games. He posted his career-best numbers despite missing a month with a foot injury.
Wright offered deal
The New York Mets have offered third baseman David Wright a seven-year deal that is reportedly worth at least $135 million with incentives that could push the total value of the contract over $140 million according to CBS Sports.
Talks that had been stagnant were given a jolt when the Mets tacked an additional year on their earlier offer. The deal would pay Wright between $15 million and $20 million annually and wouldn't begin until after the 2013 season, when Wright is under contract at $16 million.
A previous FOX Sports report said the Mets had proposed a six-year extension, but that Wright was seeking an extra year.
Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays signed comparable six-year deals, though those came with the players further from free agency. Wright can leave the Mets after the 2013 season.
The 29-year-old three-time Gold Glove third baseman batted .306 with 21 homers and 93 runs batted in last season.