Potential trade returns for Justin Wilson
Melancon helped stabilize the back end of Washington’s bullpen, while Rivero immediately moved into the back end of Pittsburgh’s relief corps.
Rivero has pitched to a 1.74 ERA and a 3.01 FIP in 67.1 innings since joining the Pirates, while Hearn is currently rated by MLB.com as the team’s 11th-best prospect.
Justin Wilson doesn’t quite come with the same track record closing games as Melancon did, but unlike the fellow ex-Pittsburgh hurler, Wilson isn’t a rental.
The hard-throwing left-hander is controllable through the 2018 season, upping his value considerably.
As it would happen Washington hasn’t effectively replaced Melancon and could be a trade fit.
The Nats don’t have a ton of upper-level prospect depth, but the fit is there.
Other hypothetical trade partners include the Astros and Dodgers, who could utilize Wilson as the team’s top southpaw reliever. Both clubs have intriguing talent on the cusp of the Majors who could fit in Detroit.
In Houston’s case, a hypothetical trade involving Wilson and outfielder Derek Fisher would certainly make sense.
Fisher blends plenty of power and speed and is hitting .322 in Triple-A.
Because of this, Fisher may be slightly more attainable given the team’s depth.