After three days of reports and rumors, the Yankees landed their second reliever of the winter last night, capping off their Presidents’ Day by bringing back old friend Justin Wilson on a one-year, $4 million deal.
While not as universally-loved as DJ LeMahieu, Pinstripe Alley commenters were — generally speaking — rather happy with the new lefty added to the bullpen. Citing the common phrase, “There’s no such thing as too much pitching,” several fans were ecstatic that the team deepened the bullpen — especially given the fact that the rotation is filled with Gerrit Coles and a series of high-ceiling, low-floor question marks.
This last sentiment was shared by our Twitter followers as well, with one tweet praising Cashman for finally giving the Yankees a deep bullpen.
Others, however, were skeptical of the salary implications, pointing out that the $4 million given to Wilson puts the Yankees very close to the $210 million luxury tax limit, severely hamstringing the team’s ability to add at the deadline if they’re treating the tax as a hard cap.
Still others began discussing the Yankees’ 40-man roster crunch, which has been a story that has been recurring all winter.
Yea, somehow the news post on Justin Wilson sparked yet another “Is Luis Cessa a good reliever or not?” discussion thread. Still, the question as to how the Yankees are going to create space is a good one, although it is possible that the team will just simply hold off on announcing the deal until they’re able to put Luis Severino on the 60-day injured list.
The reunion with Wilson wasn’t a big, flashy move to end the offseason, but oftentimes these kinds of low-cost role players — the middle reliever or the utility infielder — can mean the difference between a deep playoff run or a season as a pretender. So give us your feedback, PSA readers! How are you feeling about Justin Wilson?
How do you feel about the Yankees’ signing of Justin Wilson?
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More middle relievers are always good, and lefties are even better.
A pointless waste of money; we already had Cessa and Loaisiga!
Doesn’t really move the needle right now; ask me again in six months.
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