Justin James Wilson is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in the United States.
Previously, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, and New York Mets in Major League Baseball.
How Much Does Justin Wilson Make?
Justin Wilson makes an annual average salary of $2,575,000
Justin Wilson has exercised a player option to return to Cincinnati in 2022, the Reds announced Thursday afternoon. He’ll earn $2.3 million per year.
Last offseason, Wilson signed a contract with the Yankees that was somewhat complicated.
Wilson is guaranteed a $2.85 million contract for 2021, but he can choose to accept the $2.3 million compensation offered next year or decline it.
If the team had done so, they would have had to choose between exercising a $7.15MM option or buying him out for $1.15MM.
There’s no way the Reds, who acquired Wilson and Luis Cessa in a midseason trade, would have followed through on their side of the bargain.
Wilson is coming off the worst season of his career, and Cincinnati has made it apparent that they want to cut payroll.
Wilson’s ERA had never been greater than 3.66 in any of the years between 2017 and 2018, but it jumped to 5.29 as his swing-and-miss rate plunged.
After consistently striking out close to or more than 30% of batters over the previous half-decade, he fanned only 19.5 percent of batters faced this past season, and only 8.6 percent of his pitches resulted in whiffs.
Wilson did, however, produce a 2.81 ERA in sixteen innings with Cincinnati following the deal. That’s obviously a lot better than his 7.50 in pinstripes, but his peripherals with both clubs were disappointing.
In a return trip to Great American Ball Park, the 34-year-old will aim to right the ship and re-establish himself as a reliable high-leverage arm.