Longtime Tigers’ right-hander Alex Wilson will return to the organization on a minor-league deal, per a team announcement. He’ll receive an invite to MLB spring training.
Wilson pitched for the Tigers from 2015-18. In that time, he cemented himself as a solid, if unexciting, middle reliever. Wilson managed a cumulative 3.20 ERA while working 60+ innings in each of his four seasons in Detroit. He didn’t issue many walks and kept the ball in the yard, but a mediocre 16% strikeout rate over that span led Detroit to non-tender him last offseason.
The now 33-year-old caught on with the Brewers, but he was quickly jettisoned following a dreadful start. Over 11.1 innings, Wilson posted a 9.53 ERA. Ironically, he finally found an uptick in punchouts in his small sample of work in Milwaukee, but his walk and home run rates more than doubled, accounting for the disastrous results.
Wilson resembled his typical self in later Triple-A work with the Brewers’ and Cubs’ affiliates. Nevertheless, he didn’t make it back to the majors after April. With a strong spring, he should have a solid opportunity to reclaim a spot in an in-flux Tigers’ bullpen that was among the league’s worst in 2019.