One of the biggest names in this year’s crop of baseball free agents is Texas Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson. While the 30-year-old hurler has expressed a desire to stay in Arlington, a division rival may be in the process of luring him away from the Rangers.
The Los Angeles Angels’ new general manager Jerry Dipoto has been in touch with Wilson and says he is “intrigued” by the idea of adding the lefty. The Angels are said to be serious about adding Wilson and apparently Dipoto had a lengthy visit with the pitcher’s agent, Bob Garber to discuss the possibility of bringing him to the west coast.
Wilson is a native of Newport Beach and went to college at Loyola Marymount, so landing with the Angels would really be a homecoming for him.
The Rangers want Wilson back, but may not be in a position to enter a bidding war for his services. For instance, if someone offered him $100 million there is almost no way Texas would or could match that type of deal.
The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals are also expected to enter the bidding for a man who won 31 games over the past two seasons and was clearly one of baseball’s best pitchers over that stretch.
Wilson made 34 starts in 2011, finishing with a 16-7 record, 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 206 strikeouts in 223.1 innings pitched. And that was just his second season as a full-time starter. You would assume there is upside with Wilson, but at the same time, he’s 30 years old and may not end up peaking any higher than he already has.
Someone was going to take a big risk on him this winter, and it looks like the Angels are willing to be that team.