Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reported on Monday that the Cubs have contacted the Tigers about a potential trade involving reliever Justin Wilson.
The Cubs have already made one major bullpen acquisition this offseason, trading with the Royals for closer Wade Davis to fill the gap left by Aroldis Chapman. Wilson and Mike Montgomery would give the Cubs two lefties in the bullpen.
Wilson, 29, is under team control through the 2018 season. Over parts of five seasons in the majors, Wilson has a career 3.28 ERA with a 258/98 K/BB ratio in 258 innings. He doesn’t have much of a platoon split over his career and even showed a reverse split last season, suggesting that he might fit better in a full-inning role rather than being used as a lefty specialist.
Yesterday the Chicago White Sox made a big signing of a new player, locking up catcher Yasmani Grandal for four years. Today they’ve made another big splash, re-signed current White Sox star José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract extension.
Abreu had already accepted the team’s qualifying offer last week so he was ensured of staying in Chicago for 2020, but now they’ll tear that up and replace it with this pact, adding two more years.
Abreu, who turns 33 before spring training, is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted a line of .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI. He has spent his entire major league career in Chicago, putting up a line of .293/.349/.513 and socking 179 homers in six seasons.