When it comes to choosing between his beard and baseball, Brian Wilson is sticking with his scruff.
The free agent reliever has drawn interest from a significant number of teams early in the offseason and his name has been thrown around plenty at the GM meetings in Orlando, Fla., but there’s one franchise that can officially be crossed off his long list of potential landing spots.
According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the New York Yankees will not be pursuing the 31-year-old right-hander because Wilson has no plans to comply with the team’s strict no facial hair policy. Wilson’s agent reportedly told Brian Cashman that his client would not be taking a razor to his iconic beard, leading the Yankees GM to rule out the possibility of the eccentric pitcher becoming a Bronx Bomber.
After undergoing the second Tommy John surgery of his career in 2012, Wilson saw limited action during the past season, appearing in only 18 games and allowing only one run in 19 2/3 innings of relief for the Dodgers.
The Giants, Indians, Tigers and Mariners have no issue with Wilson’s grizzly look, however, and are among the list of potential suitors. The Red Sox, who would embrace the reliever’s luscious locks with open arms, are also among the possible teams interested in him.
Brian Cashman says you can rule out the Yankees signing Brian Wilson. His agent told team he won't shave beard. True story, Cashman says.—
Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) November 13, 2013