Jack Wilson Rumors: Thursday

11:35pm: One more dose of Wilson rumors before we close up shop for the evening.

Dejan Kovacevic does not agree with Jackson’s report.  Kovacevic says the Dodgers and Pirates began a fresh round of talks for Wilson on Saturday.  What’s more, Wilson is open to renegotiating his contract to facilitate a trade to the Dodgers.  The Dodgers might be willing to give Wilson $12MM over 2009-10.

Talks have been going on with the Tigers for over a month, and Detroit made a fresh offer Wednesday night that caught the Pirates’ attention.  The Bucs may have an eye on Tigers first base prospect Jeff Larish.

7:42pm: Tony Jackson at the Daily News says the Dodgers haven’t talked to the Pirates in months, and "are NOT in pursuit of Jack Wilson." This directly contradicts today’s report from the Associated Press.

5:02pm: MLB.com’s Jason Beck is getting mixed signals on the chances of a Wilson-to-Detroit deal.

3:52pm: The AP has more on the Wilson trade talks.  They say the Dodgers have been in extensive talks for Wilson this week, but want the Pirates to pick up "a substantial share of his salary."  Meanwhile the Tigers would need the Bucs to absorb most of the contract.  The report suggests the Tigers have moved on to free agent Adam Everett.

2:30pm: Jenifer Langosch talked to Wilson, who said he’s open to revising his no-trade list.  He doesn’t seem likely to veto a trade.  Meanwhile, Graziano still trusts his source.

12:41pm: Jon Paul Morosi’s source says the Tigers’ talks for Wilson have become "more active and meaningful" recently.

12:14pm: Dejan Kovacevic talked to Pirates president Frank Coonelly, who said Wilson has not been traded.  The Tigers apparently made an interesting offer last night for Wilson, but the Dodgers remain in the mix.  Wilson would have to approve a trade to the Tigers, and he and his agent haven’t been informed of anything.

11:15am: According to Dan Graziano of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Tigers acquired shortstop Jack Wilson from the Pirates today.  We’ll update the post as more info comes in.

Wilson, 31 later this month, hit .272/.312/.348 in 330 plate appearances this year while playing his typical excellent defense.  He’s set to earn $7.25MM in ’09 and has an $8.4MM club option for ’10 with a $600K buyout.


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