As originally reported by Jennifer Hammond, the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers have agreed to a trade that will send reliever Justin Wilson to Detroit in exchange for two pitching prospects.
This marks the second consecutive offseason that Wilson has been traded. Last November, he was sent to the Yankees from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for catcher Francisco Cervelli, a career back-up who subsequently exploded for a valuable career year in 2015. Wilson has a career 3.03 ERA and 3.22 FIP, and he has appeared in at least 70 games in each of the last two seasons.
Clearly New York is confident in their bullpen depth, which is headlined by high-strikeout phenoms Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. The Tigers, meanwhile, had one of the weaker bullpens in baseball last season: they were one of four teams calculated by FanGraphs as having a below-replacement-level reliever corps. Led by new General Manager Al Avila, the Tigers have already made moves to improve the bullpen this offseason, trading with the Milwaukee Brewers to acquire Francisco Rodriguez.