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."
Yankees pitcher Justin Wilson appears to have wrapped up a bullpen spot. The team and Wilson are pleased with his velocity in spring training. Wilson has consistently thrown 96 MPH and has peaked at 97. "I think my velocity has always been up in the spring, usually kind of lively," Wilson said, per MLB.com. "You get extra days off in the spring, so it's a little bit more controlled. It's nice to be fresh out there for the most part. I've heard it's been up there and it's been kind of normal." Wilson was acquired from the Pirates in an offseason trade. "I'm very excited. A lot of good arms," Wilson said. "It's going to be fun to watch and fun to build off each other and compete with these guys within ourselves, especially against other teams." Wilson is 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA this spring.
Pirates pitcher Justin Wilson was hung with a loss Tuesday, giving up an earned run on two hits while striking out two in one inning in his team's 4-3 defeat against the Phillies. Wilson (3-4) surrendered an infield single, and the runner stole second with two outs after the reliever notched a pair of strikeouts. A single by Maikel Franco brought the decisive run home. Wilson hadn't allowed a run since Aug. 16, but he still owns a 4.23 ERA and 56:29 K:BB ratio in 55 1/3 innings.