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Yankees’ other Justin Wilson issues awkward disclaimer

The Yankees are leading baseball in relievers named Justin Wilson.

Following news Monday that the team had reached an agreement with free-agent reliever Justin Wilson, another Yankees pitcher with the same name quipped on Twitter, “Just a quick announcement… I am not the same LHP Justin Wilson that just got signed.”

The Wilson who signed Monday is a serviceable 33-year-old lefty who spent the past two seasons with the Mets and 2015 in The Bronx.

He had a 2.91 ERA in 58 ²/₃ innings over his two seasons with the Mets, who were interested in retaining him.

The terms of his deal, which is pending a physical, were not immediately clear.

The other Wilson is a 24-year-old righty whom the Yankees selected in the 23rd round of the 2018 MLB Draft.

In 2019, he was 2-3 with a 1.46 ERA in 24 ²/₃ innings with the Yankees’ former short-season Single-A affiliate Staten Island.

The younger Wilson did not pitch competitively in 2020 because minor leagues were shut down due to the coronavirus.


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