Wilson has five holds in six appearances and has fired eight strikeouts in 5.3 innings of work. Wilson is tied for the AL lead in holds and sports a 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and opponents are hitting just .167 against him. Roster him up in leagues that count holds -- his ability to strike guys out enhances his value in a big way.
Wilson is working to add a slider to his arsenal of pitches, reports Detroit News. He has relied mostly on a cutter as his off-speed pitch, but it usually clocks at 91 mph. His fastball ranges in the upper 90s and Wilson fires that pitch about 80 percent of the time. A slider would be a better option, as it would likely hit the radar gun in the mid-80s. Wilson says his health and arm-strength are right on track at this point in the spring and the Tigers will rely on him and Mark Lowe for the seventh and eighth innings. He should deliver a strikeout every inning he pitches and should support those of you who count holds.
Wilson and the Tigers agreed to terms on a $1.525 million deal for next season, avoiding arbitration, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports. Wilson came over from the Yankees in a December trade after making 74 appearances and posting a 3.10 ERA in 61 innings for New York in 2015. The 28-year-old figures to hold down a steady relief role for Detroit in 2016, possibly as a set-up man in front of Francisco Rodriguez.
The Yankees agreed to trade Wilson to the Tigers on Wednesday, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Luis Cessa is one of the two prospects believed to be headed to New York in the deal. The 28-year-old Wilson has done well for himself since breaking into the majors in 2012, posting a 3.03 ERA and relatively even splits against left- and right-handed hitters. Chasen Shreve could step into the top lefty setup role for the Yankees in his absence.
Justin Wilson will be the Yankees' primary setup man, as Dellin Betances moves to closer. Chris Martin and Chasen Shreve will pitch the seventh inning, per the Journal News. "He will help us probably in the later innings," manager Joe Girardi said of Martin. "If we feel it's a matchup for a right-hander. As we've said all along, our lefties get lefties and righties out, and we'll use that, but at some point he'll be in the back end like he was before."
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