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Detroit Tigers Rumors: Justin Wilson Linked With Houston Astros

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Apr 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 12, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers rumors are still swirling. Even with the Winter Meetings in the rear-view mirror, the names of Detroit’s players are still coming up in the rumor mill. The latest report pertains to Justin Wilson.

Detroit Tigers rumors are once again in the headlines. What’s more, the subject of the rumors is Justin Wilson.

Wilson’s name has been linked with a number of clubs so far this winter, and now another franchise can be added to the list.

According to the latest tweet from veteran insider Jon Morosi, Wilson is being linked with the Houston Astros.

The Fox Sports reporter tweeted, “#Astros have spoken with #Tigers about reliever Justin Wilson, source says. @MLB @MLBNetwork.”

Even after dealing Pat Neshek to the Phillies, Houston still has a deep bullpen. Ken Giles heads up a group that also includes James Hoyt, Will Harris, Chris Devenski, Tony Sipp and Luke Gregerson among others.

However, the team’s reported interest in Wilson certainly isn’t surprising.

To put it plainly, the Astros are going for it this season. The American League West franchise has already added Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Josh Reddick, Charlie Morton and Nori Aoki in the offseason’s first few months.

These players join a nucleus that includes the likes of Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, George Springer and Dallas Keuchel.

Potential Trade Fits

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It remains to be seen whether a trade involving Wilson will happen. However, if the reliever is dealt to Houston, there are a number of players who fit on the Tigers roster.

Hoyt, a hard throwing reliever with the ability to miss bats, stands out as a fit from a pitching standpoint. The rookie logged a 15.2 swinging strike percentage last year and should continue to improve over time.

Michael Feliz is another reliever with swing-and-miss stuff (13.15 strikeouts per nine innings) who could fit in Detroit’s bullpen.

Elsewhere, outfielder Jake Marisnick could appeal to Detroit.

The 25-year-old is controllable through 2020 and isn’t arbitration eligible until after next season. He posted DRS totals of nine and eight in center field and left field respectively last season.

In the infield, Tyler White and Marwin Gonzalez are to potentially useful bench cogs with some pop.

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Additionally, young outfielders Teoscar Hernandez and Daz Cameron are potential long-term fits in the Motor City.

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