As first reported by Jennifer Hammond of FOX 2 News in Detroit, the Tigers have acquired left-handed reliever Justin Wilson from the Yankees for a pair of prospects.
Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press says those prospects are minor league right-handers Luis Cessa and Chad Green.
Wilson posted a cool 3.10 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 74 appearances this past season for New York, striking out 66 batters in 61 innings. The hard-throwing 28-year-old southpaw is eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter and will be under the Tigers’ control through 2018.
Detroit is completely revamping its bullpen this winter, and rightfully so. The 2015 group posted a combined 4.38 ERA, which ranked 27th in the major leagues.
Francisco Rodriguez and Mark Lowe have also been brought aboard.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.