Shortly after this news, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweeted that the Nationals are also inquiring about Wilson. Late Wednesday night, a source also told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the Dodgers were interested in Detroit’s lefty reliever. It also comes three days after the Rays also expressed interest in him.
Wilson is in his first season as a true closer and has collected just 10 saves since taking over the role on May 9. The 29-year-old is currently enjoying one of the best years of his career, having posted a 2.29 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP while averaging 12.7 strikeouts and 3.3 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. Both of these are big plusses for all six of these playoff contenders.
The Dodgers hold the best record in the majors at 66-29. The Astros are right behind Los Angeles at 63-32, but have the best in the American League by a wide margin.
The Red Sox and Rays are battling each other for first in the AL East. Boston leads Tampa Bay by three games.
The Brewers are first in the NL Central, but only hold a 1 1⁄2 game lead on the reigning World Series champion Cubs, who recently acquired Jose Quintana to bulk up their starting rotation. The Nationals have a commandind lead in thw NL East, but are still looking for bullpen help even after acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madaon from the Athletics.