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Justin Wilson | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers got in touch with the Marlins to gauge their interest in reliever Justin Wilson.
It's unclear if the Marlins were receptive, but the Marlins could consider multiple avenues if they miss out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Wilson earned $1.525 million this past season while posting a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He's reportedly been a popular name in trade talks. Dec 7 - 4:00 PM

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have talked to the Tigers about the availability of Justin Wilson.

It's not a big surprise, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported late last week that Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" among the Tigers' trade candidates. The 29-year-old southpaw posted a mediocre 4.14 ERA while allowing a career-high six home runs in 2016, but his 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings shows why teams are targeting him. He earned $1.525 million in 2016 and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Dec 6 - 12:11 PM

Justin Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" of the Tigers' trade candidates, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

You'd think J.D. Martinez or Miguel Cabrera would be more popular, but pretty much every team needs left-handed relief help. Wilson struggled with the Tigers in 2016, but he owns a sharp 3.28 career ERA and 258 strikeouts in 258 major league innings. The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time after earning $1.525 million this past season.
Dec 1 - 3:11 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday that Justin Wilson recently received a cortisone injection for a nerve issue in his elbow.

Wilson is expected to be available to pitch Monday, so it doesn't sound like a major concern. The 28-year-old owns a 4.53 ERA and 51/7 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this season.
Aug 15 - 4:34 PM

Justin Wilson earned his first career save in the Tigers' defeat of the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Francisco Rodriguez had the day off after going an inning on Tuesday and 1 1/3 innings on Monday. Wilson retired Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Jackie Bradley Jr. in order to make Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning fully stick. The left-hander holds a 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 47/6 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season for Detroit.
Jul 27 - 4:50 PM

Tigers and LHP Justin Wilson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.525 million contract.

Wilson, who was acquired from the Yankees in December, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 28-year-old is coming off a 3.10 ERA and 66/20 K/BB ratio over 61 innings and should be an important piece of Detroit's new look 'pen.
Jan 13 - 2:50 PM

Tigers acquired LHP Justin Wilson from the Yankees for RHP Luis Cessa and RHP Chad Green.

It's an interesting move on the Yankees' part, given that Wilson is a rare hard-throwing left-hander who's still just 28 years old and under contract through 2018. The Tigers gave up a pair of prospects to acquire him, right-handers Luis Cessa and Chad Green. With a 3.10 ERA and 66/20 K/BB ratio over 61 innings this last season, Wilson should slot in as a sixth- or seventh-inning bullpen arm for the Motor City Kitties.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 07:06:00 PM

According to Jennifer Hammond of FOX 2 in Detroit, the Tigers have acquired Justin Wilson from the Yankees.

For their part, the Yankees would reportedly receive a pair of right-handed pitching prospects (Luis Cessa and Chad Green) in return. Wilson, 28, throws in the mid-90's and works a hard sinker. He held a 3.10 ERA and 66/20 K/BB ratio across 61 innings in 2015. In that same span, he allowed 49 hits. The hard-throwing lefty figures to slot into a seventh or eighth inning role in the Detroit bullpen once the trade is official.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 06:49:00 PM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that Justin Wilson will function as the team's primary setup man while Andrew Miller is on the disabled list.

Dellin Betances has been shifted from the eighth inning to the closer's role, and it appears as though Wilson will slide into the primary setup role. Chasen Shreve and Chris Martin are expected to be used primarily in the seventh inning, but could see some high-leverage situations as well.
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 09:45:00 PM

Pirates traded LHP Justin Wilson to the Yankees for C Francisco Cervelli.

Wilson was terrific in 2013 but took a step back this past season, posting a 4.20 ERA in 60 innings of work. Tony Watson's presence as a left-handed specialist made him expendable. In New York, Watson will fill a middle relief role.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 09:01:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Pirates are willing to listen to offers for Justin Wilson.

The Bucs like Wilson -- a dominant hard-throwing left-handed reliever -- but the trade interest in him this winter has been "overwhelming" according to Morosi and if the price is right Pittsburgh might sell. Wilson, 26, owns a 2.07 ERA in 78 1/3 major league innings. The Pirates would likely want MLB-ready talent in return.
Tue, Dec 10, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Justin Wilson struck out one in a perfect inning of relief Saturday against the Dodgers.

It was a much-needed easy outing for Wilson, who had allowed five runs over his last two relief appearances. The rookie left-hander is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 36/14 K/BB rate over 38 1/3 innings.
Sun, Jun 16, 2013 03:42:00 AM

Justin Wilson pitched three scoreless innings and struck out five Saturday in relief against the Twins.

The Pirates expressed their intention to use Wilson as a starter this spring back in December, only to retreat from the statement later. Maybe they're thinking about it again now after having him throw three innings today; he had thrown a total of seven innings in his previous five appearances this spring. Still, the smart money says that he'll be in the pen.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 04:41:00 PM

The Pirates will use Justin Wilson as a starter in spring training.

Wilson made eight appearances as a reliever with the Pirates this past season, but he's mostly been a starter in the minors, posting a 3.83 ERA with 460 strikeouts over 518 2/3 innings. As it stands right now, the Pirates have two openings in their rotation. Jeff Locke and Kyle McPherson are the likely favorites to fill those spots, but they'll compete with Wilson, Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro and Andrew Oliver.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 08:57:00 AM

Pirates recalled LHP Justin Wilson from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Wilson already made his major league debut this season and will continue to serve as bullpen depth. The Pirates are hoping to use him as a left-handed specialist.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 01:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1James McCann
2John Hicks
3Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1JaCoby Jones
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Anibal Sanchez
6Daniel Norris
7Matt Boyd
8Myles Jaye
9Sandy Baez
Relief Pitcher
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Bruce Rondon
8Kyle Ryan
9Blaine Hardy
10Buck Farmer
11Chad Bell
12Daniel Stumpf
13A.J. Achter
14Dustin Molleken