The Tigers announced Monday that Wilson was hired as a big-league scout, signaling the end of his playing career, Lynn Henning of The Detroit News reports.
Wilson, 37, was out of baseball for all of 2018 but never formally announced his intention to retire. The utility man spent parts of eight seasons in the big leagues from 2005 through 2015 that included stints with the Marlins, Nationals, Rays, Diamondbacks, Padres, Mariners, Brewers, Rangers and Tigers.
Wilson was traded to the Indians on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations.
The 36-year-old has been tearing it up at Triple-A Round Rock this season, posting a .918 OPS in 22 games with the Express. This intrigued the Tribe enough to bring him over to Cleveland, although he'll likely spend more time as an organizational depth piece given the lack of room on the big-league roster.
Wilson signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old infielder has some major-league experience to his name, most recently spending 2014 with Texas and 2015 with Detroit. The latter stint showed some promise, as he pieced together a .316 batting average in 38 at-bats with the Tigers. He'll likely provide organizational depth unless a glaring hole appears at the major-league level.
Wilson has elected to become a free agent.
Wilson bounced around between Triple-A and the majors this season, but he still managed to appear in 21 games with the Tigers this year. The 34-year-old actually posted a career high in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, slashing a surprising .316/.350/.395 in his limited amount of opportunities this season. That being said, he's mainly served as organizational depth for the last four years of his career and he will likely continue to stay in that role if he is signed by another club.
The Tigers pounded out 18 hits on Saturday, and four of them belonged to infielder Josh Wilson. Wilson was making his first start of the season for the Tigers after being recalled on Tuesday. The result was his second-career four-hit game.
All four hits were singles for Wilson, who also drove in and scored a run as the Tigers grabbed the 7-1 victory over the White Sox.
Tigers third baseman Josh Wilson drove in two of Detroit's three runs in Friday's loss to the White Sox.
Wilson went 1 for 4 and earned his first two RBI of the year.
"Any time you get some hits and production from the bottom of the order, you know your team is probably going to do well," Wilson said. "If I can continue to just have good at-bats, we have some pretty good hitters at the bottom of the lineup."
Outfielder Rajai Davis returned from paternity leave and will leadoff a juggled Tigers lineup Friday as Detroit looks to break out of an offensive funk.
Davis, who missed five games, is hitting .355 (11 for 31) with three doubles and a home run in his career against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Josh Wilson will make his season debut Friday, hitting eighth and playing third base. He was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.
The Tigers purchased the contracts of infielder Josh Wilson and outfielder Daniel Fields from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.
Wilson posted a .291/.350/.362/.712 slash line in 37 games for Toledo. He also had nine doubles, 10 RBI and 15 runs.
Fields had a .271/.394/.486/.879 slash line in 48 games. He also had three home runs, seven triples, 15 doubles, 21 RBI and 33 runs.
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