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Pirates Overwhelmed by Trade Interest for Justin Wilson

Pirates Overwhelmed by Trade Interest for Justin Wilson

Jon Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been overwhelmed by trade interest in left-handed reliever Justin Wilson.

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/410530600416989185

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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