The Pirates have been overwhelmed by trade interest in Justin Wilson. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
There has been a lot of talk that the Pirates could make a trade from their bullpen this off-season. Wilson would definitely draw a lot of interest. Not only did he have strong numbers in 2013, but he also has five years of control remaining. Right-handed 7th and 8th inning relievers have been getting about $4 M per year on the open market, so a guy like Wilson should be seen as a huge value to teams looking for relief. He also has more value to a team who would try him as a starting pitcher, since he throws four quality pitches and has been a starter in the past.
As you may know, I'm all for trading relievers to get a big return, especially since the Pirates do a great job finding low-cost reliever...
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