LOS ANGELES -- The anticipated confirmation of free-agent starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy's signing on Tuesday was accompanied by the surprise announcement that veteran reliever Brian Wilson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to clear room on the 40-man roster.
General manager Farhan Zaidi said both moves make the Dodgers better in 2015. He said McCarthy has "turned the corner" from his injury-prone early career because of a weight-lifting program and that the recent bullpen additions of Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Chris Hatcher convinced management that Wilson no longer was "one of the best seven reliever options."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.