After a weekend of rumors, the Yankees and Justin Wilson have reportedly reunited:
Yankees deal with Justin Wilson is done. Rejoins Yankees, pitched for them in 2015.— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) February 15, 2021
The Yankees initially acquired Wilson entering the 2015 season. He came over from the Pirates in a deal that sent Francisco Cervelli to Pittsburgh. Wilson did a really nice job out of the Yankees’ bullpen in 2015. He recorded a 3.10 ERA and 2.69 FIP in 61 frames, but was sent packing that offseason to Detroit in a deal that netted the Yankees Chad Green and Luis Cessa.
Wilson has remained a solid reliever since his first stint in the Bronx. Most recently, he’s spent the last two seasons across town with the Mets. While there, he recorded a 2.91 ERA and 3.62 FIP in 58.2 innings. He still throws hard, relying primarily on his four-seamer (94.9 MPH) and cutter (90.1 MPH). He also mixes in a slider on occasion.
The Yankees have a full 40-man roster so a roster spot will need to be cleared for Wilson. The Yankees may just wait until spring training officially starts so they can open a spot by placing Luis Severino on the 60-day injured list.