Report: Twins interested in acquiring Cubs reliever


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Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports

Justin Wilson was a flop for the Chicago Cubs' postseason run in 2017.

The veteran reliever was traded to the North Side along with catcher Alex Avila for two elite prospects Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes. Wilson was sporting a 2.68 ERA with 13 saves with Detroit but floundered with the Cubs with a dismal 5.09 ERA in the second half of the season.

It went so unsuccessfully for Wilson that he was left off the NLCS roster by manager Joe Maddon. However, all recent lack of success has not scared away the Minnesota Twins as they are interested in acquiring the 29-year old lefty according to a report.

"While Padres will listen again on Chaska's Brad Hand as will BAL on Britton, Twins could make another run at LHP Justin Wilson, per multiple sources," MLB beat writer Mike Berardino posted. "Ex-DET closer flopped w/Cubs, carries $4.3 M arb projection as 5+ guy. MN wanted him badly when NYY moved JW after 2015."

The Cubs would probably be open to trading him but they would more than likely want a package of prospects similar to what they gave up to obtain Wilson.

In 2017, Wilson had a 3.41 ERA with 13 saves, 80 strikeouts, and 1.29 WHIP. He is under the Cubs control for the 2018 season.

He was drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2008 MLB Draft.

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