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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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Tigers and LHP Justin Wilson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract.
It was Wilson's second year of arbitration eligibility. He'll set up again for the Tigers in 2017 but could be traded before the deadline. Jan 13 - 2:40 PM

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According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Cubs "appear to have moved on" from trade talks involving Tigers reliever Justin Wilson.

Nightengale hears the two sides have been "unable to find a match," and Wilson is drawing enough interest from other teams that the Tigers can probably close that book. The 29-year-old left-hander posted a disappointing 4.14 ERA in 2016, but it came with a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings and he put up a 3.10 ERA in 2015. Houston could be a match here. There's also said to be intrigue from the Marlins and Rangers.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Astros have talked to the Tigers about reliever Justin Wilson.

Add them to a long list which includes the likes of the Cubs, Marlins, and Rangers. Wilson posted a rather pedestrian 4.14 ERA this past season, but he struck out 65 batters in 58 2/3 innings and he's just a year removed from a 3.10 ERA. The southpaw will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 02:03:00 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cubs have been in contact with the Tigers about reliever Justin Wilson.

There's also been interest from the Marlins, Rangers, and a number of other major league clubs. Morosi even reported earlier this month that Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" of the Tigers' trade chips -- more than guys like J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera. The 29-year-old southpaw registered a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings out of the Detroit bullpen in 2016. He had a 3.10 ERA in 2015.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 01:03:00 PM

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.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:00:00 PM

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.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 12:11:00 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.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 03:11:00 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.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 04:34:00 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.
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 04:50:00 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.
Wed, Jan 13, 2016 02:50:00 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

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