Monday, May 2, 2016

Minnesota Attempted to Acquire Justin Wilson


The New York Yankees had all hands on deck this winter and had all their players available via trade for the right price. At the end of the day the Yankees sent a Rookie Davis and Caleb Cotham package to the Cincinnati Reds for Aroldis Chapman and also sent an Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan package to the Chicago Cubs for Starlin Castro. Those deals we know, they were the big ones, but Brian Cashman pulled off a couple smaller ones as well including the trade for Ronald Herrera that sent Jose Pirela to the San Diego Padres and the deal that sent Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

The biggest shocker trade of them all was probably the Aroldis Chapman trade, although I suggested it a good month before it actually happened, but coming in with the close second place prize had to be the Justin Wilson to Detroit trade. Wilson was a huge part of the Yankees bullpen in 2015 but Cashman and company felt the team needed more starting pitching depth at the Triple-A level while the team thought they could fill his spot from within, and they have thus far. What I found was interesting though was that Detroit was not the only team to go after Wilson this winter, apparently the Minnesota Twins did as well.

According to Mike Bernadino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press the Minnesota Twins made an offer for Wilson that the Yankees eventually turned down. The Twins GM Terry Ryan wouldn't go into details on what was offered for Wilson but he seemed genuinely shocked when the Yankees turned down the deal that was offered. Ultimately the Tigers got their man in Wilson, the Yankees used Cessa in their Opening Day bullpen and the Minnesota Twins found Fernando Abad on the free agent market. Everything works out for a reason, and some teams will make out better than the others in the long run, but I'd still like to see what Minnesota offered for Wilson.

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