The New York Yankees have traded relief pitcher Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Luis Cessa and Chad Green. Detroit has made major improvements to their bullpen this offseason and Justin Wilson figures to be a 7th inning or 8th inning guy for Detroit in 2016. He has been consistent throughout his career as he has a 3.03 career ERA and he will provide a lot of stability to a struggling Tigers bullpen. Meanwhile, I question why the Yankees would get rid of Wilson because he was a key part of their bullpen last season and they aren’t really the same without him as a setup man. Also, New York didn’t get much in return as Luis Cessa had a 4.52 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A last season. Cessa is close to a major league debut, but the Yankees should be concerned if he is putting up those types of stats in the minor leagues. The other right-handed pitcher that New York acquired in this deal was Chad Green and he wasn’t much better. Green posted a 3.93 ERA in Double-A last season and he is looking at 2017 before he could possibly make it up to the MLB. Green and Cessa are young, although they will need to majorly improve their statistics in the minor leagues before they can even think about moving up to the MLB. This trade doesn’t make too much sense for the Yankees especially since they are giving up such a reliable relief pitcher.
Tigers Grade: B+ – The Tigers continue to add to their bullpen and Justin Wilson is the type of setup man that they needed. He is reliable and they didn’t have to give up much for him except for a couple of minor league pitchers that are struggling.
Yankees Grade: D+ – I’m not quite sure why the Yankees would make their bullpen worse by trading a consistent pitcher like Justin Wilson. Also, to make things worse they are getting a couple of pitchers that aren’t putting up good numbers in the minor leagues.