Dodgers ramping up interest in Wilson?

Dodgers ramping up interest in Wilson?

LOS ANGELES -- With free agent Rafael Furcal unlikely to re-sign with the Dodgers, the club is looking to fill a hole at shortstop and has apparently rekindled its interest in Jack Wilson.

The Dodgers have had discussions with Pirates officials this week about acquiring Wilson, according to an AP report out of Pittsburgh. The only stumbling block remains Wilson's $7.25 million salary for next season, the report also said while citing unnamed sources.

Wilson, who will be 32 in December, has been targeted by the Dodgers in the past. He was part of their Trade Deadline discussions in July, and as recently as last month, had a report that said the Bucs and Dodgers had resumed talks but L.A. was balking at Pittsburgh's asking price of Chin-lung Hu and two prospects.

Furcal was a key piece to the Dodgers since signing a three-year, $39 million at the Winter Meetings in 2005 and was off to his best year this past season before back problems sidelined him in early May. The required surgery kept him out until late September.

The Dodgers have interest in bringing Furcal back, but not for the four-year deal he is seeking. That will leave a spot open at shortstop, which the Dodgers could fill in-house with Ivan DeJesus Jr., Angel Berroa or Hu.

Wilson, who has an $8.4 million option for 2010, is valued defensively and hit .272 last season with a homer and 22 RBIs. But a torn calf muscle and a broken finger limited him to 87 games.

A report earlier on Thursday on the Newark Star-Ledger Web site had Wilson being traded to Detroit, but Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that was not accurate.

Mike Scarr is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.