Justin Wilson

New York Yankees pitcher Justin Wilson (41) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jaysat Yankee Stadium.

By Ryan Hatch

Reports surfaced from the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday that the Yankeeswere shopping left-handed reliever Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers.

Wednesday evening it reportedly came to fruition. New York, according to multiple reports, traded Wilson to Detroit for two prospects—RHPs Luis Cessna and Chad Green.

Wilson, 28, threw 61.0 innings last season, his first in the Bronx after coming over from the Pittsburgh Pirates last offseason. He had a 3.10 ERA and by season’s end had settled in as the team’s seventh inning guy, setting up Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

The trade might indicate the Yankees will hang on to Miller after flirting with shipping him out of town for the last month. General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday he bets Miller will still be on the team next Opening Day.

It’s possible the Yankees use Cessna and Green for another trade package.

Among other pitcher the Yankees currently control who could fill Wilson’s void are Chasen Shreve or Jacob Lindgren, both lefties. Shreve had a great five months in 2015 and then one horrible one, while Lindgren showed flashes of brilliance in his brief time with the club before undergoing elbow surgery that ended his season.

 

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