Justin Wilson Rumors: Sunday

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Uncategorized
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The Tigers are expected to make a trade involving lefty Justin Wilson this evening, sources tell MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (Twitter link). Just where the southpaw might be headed isn’t yet clear, however.

Wilson, 29, has drawn interest from numerous contending teams. With the Tigers having already traded away star outfielder J.D. Martinez, there’s little question that the club is willing to move its best reliever. Thing is, he’s playing for only $2.7MM this year and comes with another season of arb control, which increases his value as well as Detroit’s leverage.

That favorable contract situation helps to explain the fact that as many as five teams are still pursuing Wilson at this point, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). The offers have increased steadily, so much as that it’s now certain that Wilson will be moved before the non-waiver trade deadline tomorrow.

Over his 40 1/3 innings thus far in 2017, Wilson has provided the Tigers with a 2.68 ERA and 13 saves. Working off of an upper-nineties heater, the lefty sports a career-high 14.3% swinging-strike rate. He’s mowing down righties more than he is lefties, as he has done for much of his career, which also enhances his value.

There are some blips on the ledger: Wilson has allowed 3.6 walks per nine, his most since 2014. And he has allowed a few more dingers while generating a few less grounders even as his strikeout rate has risen. But those details likely won’t be cause for much concern given the broadly positive results, which have led to at least some level of interest from virtually every contender.

It’s important to note, too, that Wilson is one of three premium lefties on the market, with Brad Hand of the Padres and Zach Britton of the Orioles also seemingly available for the right price. The interplay between those three, who are drawing many of the same suitors, will be an important storyline to watch unfold tonight and early tomorrow.

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