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Justin Wilson | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 5 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Cubs and LHP Justin Wilson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.25 million contract.
It's Wilson's final year of arbitration eligibility before he hits free agency next winter. The left-hander really struggled down the stretch for the Cubs last season after being acquired via trade from the Tigers, but he should bounce back in 2018. Jan 12 - 10:23 AM

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Sources tell Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the Twins "could make another run" at left-handed reliever Justin Wilson.

Wilson struggled down the stretch with the Cubs and was held off their roster for the NLCS, so it's possible Chicago might want to move on from him this winter. Berardino notes that the Twins made a serious run at Wilson before the Tigers traded him to the Yankees in December 2015. The 30-year-old southpaw is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and expected to command a salary of around $4.3 million.
Tue, Nov 21, 2017 09:32:00 PM

Mark Anderson of Baseball Prospectus reports that the Tigers are still awaiting the player to be named later to finalize the deal that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs at the trade deadline.

The Tigers in return received Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash considerations. As it turns out, rather than just getting cash in the package, the Tigers will receive a third player in the swap. Wilson wound up struggling down the stretch for the Cubs and was held off of their roster for the NLCS.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 05:51:00 PM

The Cubs have decided not to carry Justin Wilson on their roster for the NLCS.

The high-profile trade deadline addition from the Tigers posted a horrifying 5.09 ERA, 2.09 WHIP and 25/19 K/BB ratio in 17 2/3 innings with the Cubs down the stretch and hasn't earned the trust of manager Joe Maddon. Hector Rondon will take his place in the Cubs' bullpen.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 01:09:00 PM

Justin Wilson is currently dealing with a sore neck.

Wilson says that his struggles in his previous appearance (two walks and no outs Tuesday in St. Louis) had nothing to do with the neck trouble. He's available to pitch.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 05:54:00 PM

Cubs acquired LHP Justin Wilson, and C Alex Avila from the Tigers for INFs Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The deal was reported Sunday and it's now official. Wilson owns a 2.68 ERA with 13 saves and a 55/16 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings this season. The southpaw has functioned as Detroit's closer over the past couple of months, but he'll move into a set-up role in Chicago down the stretch. He's under team control through 2018 and could be a potential closer option next year.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 10:06:00 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Cubs have agreed to acquire Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from the Tigers for prospects Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Fenech notes that the deal is "at the one yard line" but the clubs have to review medical records before it becomes official. The Cubs part with another pair of prospects to land the bullpen help that they have desperately been seeking. Wilson is under contract through the 2018 season, so he could be viewed as a possible closer in 2018 if they are unable to re-sign Wade Davis. Avila is having a terrific season in his own right and a nice upgrade as a backup catcher to play behind Willson Contreras.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 12:04:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are closing in on a deal for Tigers' left-hander Justin Wilson.

As had been reported, Jeimer Candelario is believed to be the headliner returning to Detroit in a potential deal. The Dodgers, Astros and Nationals are also vying to acquire the left-hander, but Heyman notes that the Cubs have pulled ahead and look to be the favorites at the moment.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 11:06:00 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the remaining suitors for Justin Wilson are the Cubs, Dodgers, Astros and Nationals.

When there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, and it looks like Wilson is going to be dealt very soon. The Cubs are rumored to be including Jeimer Candelario in a proposed deal so the other squads will need to up the ante if they want to acquire the left-hander.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 10:36:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are one of the teams vying to acquire Justin Wilson from the Tigers and that Jeimer Candelario could be in play.

It looks like there are multiple clubs pushing hard at the moment attempting to acquire the Tigers' southpaw. The 22-year-old Candelario owns a .266/.361/.507 slash line with 12 homers and 52 RBI in 81 games at Triple-A Iowa this season.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 09:21:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that five teams are still in the mix to acquire Justin Wilson and that he will "definitely" be traded before Monday's deadline.

Heyman notes that the outstanding offers have been upgraded for Wilson. Most in the baseball world criticized the return that Al Avila got from the Diamondbacks in the J.D. Martinez trade, so let's see if he's able to do a better job in the Justin Wilson sweepstakes.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 08:22:00 PM

Mark Feinsand of reports that Justin Wilson is likely to be dealt from the Tigers on Sunday.

Feinsand notes that the Astros are considered the favorites to acquire the left-hander, but that other teams remain in the mix as well. The 29-year-old southpaw owns a 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 55/16 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings on the season. With so many teams vying for his services, Tigers' general manager Al Avila should be able to do pretty well here.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 08:09:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the "most serious" trade discussions the Tigers have had involving Justin Wilson over the last 24 hours have been with the Astros and Nationals.

Both clubs have been in on Wilson for a while now and appear to have separated themselves from the rest of the pack. Of the two, Wilson's fantasy owners are rooting for a trade to the Nats, as he would appear to have a much better shot to see save chances there. Wilson is under team control through 2019.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 12:06:00 PM

According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, Justin Wilson is at the "top" of the Astros' wish list for relief targets.

Clearly the Astros are prioritizing bullpen help, pursuing Wilson and Zach Britton among others. Wilson has been a hot commodity, drawing trade interest from as many as 12 teams. The left-hander has had a breakout year for the Tigers, racking up 13 saves to go with a standout 12.27 K/9. Detroit's asking price for Wilson remains sky-high, though it's likely the Tigers will soften their demands as the deadline draws closer.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 11:52:00 PM

Justin Wilson allowed a hit but no runs while notching a save against the Astros on Saturday.

Evan Gattis singled to lead off the inning but was erased on a double-play ball hit by Marwin Gonzalez. Wilson then induced Carlos Beltran to ground out to shortstop to end the game. Wilson now has 13 saves since taking over the ninth inning from Francisco Rodriguez. He has a 2.68 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. Wilson has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors and could be on his way out of Detroit this weekend.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 09:41:00 PM

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LF1Kyle Schwarber
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