The Astros are targeting Tigers’ reliever Justin Wilson, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The Astros, who have the best record in the American League at 61-29, are hoping to land Wilson this time after they talked with Detroit about acquiring him during the winter meetings. However, Rosenthal said the two clubs "could not agree on match."
The 29-year-old Wilson is in his first season as a true closer and has collected just 10 saves since taking over the role on May 9, but he’d be a solid upgrade to Houston’s bullpen. He’s currently enjoying one of the best years of his career, having posted a 2.36 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP while averaging 12.8 strikeouts and 3.4 walks per nine innings pitched.
In addition to being a quality pitcher, Wilson is earning an affordable salary of $2.7 million this season. He’s also still got one season of arbitration remaining before he hits free agency after the 2018 season.
However, the Astros are not the only ones interested in Wilson. The Nationals said Wilson was one of two "prime targets" for their bullpen, along with Ryan Madson. The Dodgers also threw their hat in the ring for the young reliever six days ago while also inquiring about Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.