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C.J. Wilson on extension talks: “It doesn’t look like a deal is going to get done”

Mar 18, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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C.J. Wilson dramatically altered the course of his career last year by requesting a chance to move from the bullpen to the rotation and after thriving as a starter he’s potentially now just one season from a big payday as a free agent.

Wilson and the Rangers have had some talks about a contract extension, but yesterday the left-hander told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that “it doesn’t look like a deal is going to get done before we break camp.”

Wilson described the talks as “amicable” and made it clear he’d like to remain in Texas after this season, while general manager Jon Daniels offered only that “we value him and we’re not going to close the door on anything.”

The two sides avoided arbitration with a one-year, $7 million deal and Wilson has already been named the Opening Day starter, but like many prominent players he’s said that once the season starts he doesn’t want to be distracted by any contract talks. Texas may want to see Wilson repeat his success as a starter before handing him a huge deal, but if he does that it might be too late to keep him from hitting the open market as a 30-year-old free agent.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Do I hear the Yankees name linked to yet another pitcher sometime this season? This time one that isn’t a reclamation project. This one relatively young (30) and a lefty who hasn’t given up a lot of HR’s.

  2. mdpickles - Mar 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    If I played/worked for a company that filed for bankruptcy, I too would be worried about getting a good contract from them.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      The Rangers finances probably aren’t a problem. After all it was the previous ownership that went belly up. But I tell you this I won’t let them defer any monies. I’d want a pay as you go.

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