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Yankees trade Justin Wilson to Tigers for 2 young righties

New York Yankees relief pitcher Justin Wilson

New York Yankees relief pitcher Justin Wilson delivers against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning in the first baseball game of a double header at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Yankees entered the winter meetings not having done a whole lot this offseason.

That changed quickly.

One day after dealing for second baseman Starlin Castro, the Yankees traded lefthander Justin Wilson to the Tigers in exchange for righthanded minor-league starters Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

Speaking earlier in the day, general manager Brian Cashman said a priority this offseason was adding starting pitching depth in his high minor leagues, something this trade achieved.

The 23-year-old Cessa went 8-10 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts for three clubs in the Detroit system last season, finishing with Triple-A Toledo, where he went 1-3 with a 5.97 ERA.

Green, 24, spent his entire season with Double-A Erie, going 5-14 with a 3.93 ERA. He struck out 137 and walked 43 over 148 2⁄3 innings.

The 28-year-old Wilson, acquired last offseason in exchange for Francisco Cervelli, was a surprising stalwart out of Joe Girardi’s 2015 bullpen, posting a 3.10 ERA in 74 appearances.

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