41-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Paul Wilson in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Paul Wilson Contract Information:
Became a free agent after the Reds paid his $850,000 buyout. Signed by Reds as a minor league free agent in January of 2007. Released by Reds in March of 2007.
The Reds have released Wilson, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Paul Wilson.
Wilson is trying to return from a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder - even if he gets the green light to begin the year in the rotation, expect him to have trouble regaining his command. There are better endgame options out there for NL-only leagues.
Wilson is the putative ace for the Reds, but he's no better than a league average starter. Even if he's owned at a cheap price he makes for a lousy keeper because there's precious little upside to be gained. He doesn't strike out many hitters, he pitches for a team that gives him little defensive support and he's a health risk to boot. At best he's an innings-eater that you can use in spot starts.
Wilson often had a problem getting loose before a game, struggling most frequently in the first inning. He allowed a whopping 11 first-inning homers (24 total), and batters hit .349/.420/.690 against him overall in the first inning. Later in the season, Wilson was shut down due to biceps tendinitis and inflammation in his surgically repaired shoulder. Durability is an obvious question-mark for 2004. Oh yeah, he's also a lousy fighter (see Farnsworth, Kyle).
Wilson was a respectable 6-9, 4.13 at the end of August for Tampa Bay last season – pretty darn good, given how hard it is to get run support while pitching for the Rays. Then Wilson came down with a tired arm in September and was pretty awful down the stretch. He'll turn 30 in the spring, and he's as healthy as he's ever been since blowing out his arm in the minors, so the Wilson we saw for most of 2002 may be as good as it gets. His most effective fantasy role would be pitching for a run-producing team that'll utilize him for no more than 170 innings or so as a fourth or fifth starter. Signing with the Reds gives him that opportunity.