Thirteen months ago, the Mets poured money into their bullpen, signing three players they hoped would put late-game leads in cement.

The moves did not quite work out. But that may not dissuade general manager Sandy Alderson from investing more cash and taking a run at a big-name reliever.

The Mets took a look at former Giants closer Brian Wilson in California on Saturday, according to several reports. Wilson had 48 saves in 2010, then six more during the postseason, as the Giants won their first World Series since moving to San Francisco.

But Wilson, 31, made just two appearances in 2012. He underwent Tommy John surgery last April. Signing Wilson would be a gamble, but it's a gamble with a huge upside.

According to CBS Sports, there are six to eight teams still in the mix on Wilson.

Since signing David Wright to a nine-figure contract and trading R.A. Dickey to Toronto for prospects, the Mets have been quiet on the free-agent front. Their bullpen has some promising arms on the 40-man roster (Josh Edgin, Rob Carson, Elvin Ramirez), but could use a few more established veterans.

Last season's closer, Frank Francisco, signed for one more year with the club and underwent elbow surgery this off-season. Francisco is expected to be ready to throw in spring training, but Wilson would give the Mets another option on the back end of the pen just in case.

Alderson did not return a voicemail left for him Sunday night.