For a couple of days now, the New York Yankees have been connected with left-handed bullpen arm Justin Wilson. Robert Murray of Fansided was the one who reported the negotiations over the weekend.
Monday came, and the Yankees and Wilson haven’t yet agreed to a deal. However, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the Bombers ‘appear to be moving toward a deal with Justin Wilson.’
Heyman indicates that the New York Mets were showing interest a few days ago “but it seems likely heâ€™s heading across the Triboro Bridge, back to the Yankees.”
Wilson actually pitched for the Yankees five years ago. Over his career, he has very good numbers: In 429 1â„3 innings, he has a great 9.94 K/9, 3.27 ERA, and 3.34 FIP.
The Yankees would be getting another late-inning option
The Yankees want a reliever that doesn’t have a platoon split, meaning that isn’t particularly weaker against lefties or righties. Wilson doesn’t have that problem, as he can get batters of both hands out: righties have a career .284 wOBA against him, and lefties have a .291 mark.
If Wilson and the Yankees do finish the details for a reunion, the Bombers would put the cherry on top of a very nice offseason that saw them address the starting rotation with Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon; the relief corps with Darren O’Day, and the bench with left-handed bat Jay Bruce.
When Wilson was with the Yankees back in 2015, he was solid: the southpaw notched a 3.10 ERA and a 2.69 FIP in 61 frames. His 9.74 K/9 and a 2.95 BB/9 were proofs of his dominance.
It looks like a signing could become official in the next few hours, and if it does, Wilson would join a great unit that already has Aroldis Chapman, Zack Britton, Chad Green O’Day, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Loaisiga, Nick Nelson, Albert Abreu, Brooks Kriske, Michael King, and others.