RUMOR: Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Jack Wilson To Detroit Tigers

Josh TaylorContributor IDecember 4, 2008

There has been an unconfirmed report that the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded veteran shortstop Jack Wilson to the Detroit Tigers.

According to an unnamed source at PNC Park, news of the trade broke sometime late Thursday morning. It has been reported in the Newark Star-Ledger, but the Pirates have since denied it.

Wilson, who will be 31 later on this month, has been the subject of trade rumors involving the Tigers dating back to the 2007 trade deadline. He spent eight seasons as Pittsburgh's starting shortstop, and was the only remaining Opening Day starter from the opening of PNC Park in 2001, which was also his major league debut.

In 1,084 games, Wilson hit .269 with 56 home runs and 358 RBIs. His most memorable season was 2004, when he was named to the National League All-Star team and won a Silver Slugger award, hitting .308 with 201 hits and a league high 13 triples.