Forget about restructuring things to duck the luxury tax. That was the easy part.
Just as the Yanks were attempting to finalize things with Wilson, an historic winter freeze hit Texas, keeping the lefty at home as the rest of the roster reported to spring training.
That delayed things just enough for the Brett Gardner discussions to take over, leaving Wilson’s deal un-finalized for far longer than it should’ve been.
On Tuesday morning, however, all of a sudden, things were…done.
Minutes after Gardner’s return — and Luis Severino’s 60-day IL slot — became official, the Yankees announced Wilson’s one-year contract, along with all the bells and whistles that came with it.
Unfortunately, Gardy’s continuing party also left one piece of roster depth without a defined role, leading to the corresponding move.
The Yankees announced the Justin Wilson signing on Tuesday.
Also, can I (please and thank you) never read an official contract announcement like Wilson’s ever again?
One of the top consequences of the Yankees pinching every penny in their coffer is that each signing comes with a backloaded pocket of millions, options stretching to 2044, or deferred gold doubloons buried at the bottom of Lake Erie. Enough. Just ignore the peripherals.
While we can now officially say hello to the third high-impact lefty in the Yanks’ improving bullpen, we must also say goodbye to Greg Allen, who was oddly slated to be fifth on the team’s outfield depth chart (bad) before the recent arrival of Jay Bruce, Brett Gardner and (maybe) Derek Dietrich.
The 27-year-old speedster (32 career stolen bases) was traded to New York from San Diego on Jan. 6, and unfortunately made it all the way to his spring training report date with his job intact, only to now be back on the market in search of a minor-league deal.
He will at least end his tenure in the Bronx with one mark of valor his teammates can’t match.
You hear that, world? We managed to find ourselves an outfielder who stayed healthy for his entire time putting on the pinstripes!
Did he…did he ever put on the pinstripes? For, like, a poorly-timed individual photo session on Monday? We digress.
While we hardly knew Allen, Yankees fans should be at least somewhat familiar with Wilson from his 2015 tenure in the Bronx, which eventually wrapped with a trade to Detroit for Luis Cessa and Chad Green.
After a whirlwind few weeks, the three men will finally, officially, share a bullpen.