It didn't appear Justin Wilson was in the future plans of the Cubs' bullpen, but the left-handed reliever has found a new home.
According to multiple reports, Wilson has signed with the Mets. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report the news. Jon Heyman of MLB Network added terms of the deal.
#Mets in agreement with free-agent left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, pending a physical, source tells The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 25, 2019
Wilson gets 10mm for 2 years— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2019
The Cubs traded for Wilson at the 2017 trade deadline and he had an up and down tenure on the North Side. Wilson was extremely erratic with his control after joining from the Tigers. He walked 19 batters in 17 1/3 innings with the Cubs that season, after walking 16 in 40 1/3 innings with the Tigers earlier in the year.
Wilson improved in 2018 though. He still struggled with his command (33 walks in 54 2/3 innings), but had 69 strikeouts and a 3.46 ERA. The 31-year-old was second on the Cubs with 71 appearances.
Brian Duensing, Randy Rosario and potentially Mike Montgomery, if he moves back to the bullpen after making 19 starts in 2018 could, are currently in line to be the Cubs' lefties out of the pen in 2019.
This comes just a day after it was reported the Cubs signed righty reliever Brad Brach.