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Rangers won’t talk to C.J. Wilson until after the season

Oct 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

C.J. Wilson

C.J. Wilson is on the verge of hitting the open market and signing a massive long-term contract as a free agent, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan said yesterday that the team won’t attempt to negotiate with him until after the season.

“We don’t believe in negotiating during the season, so we have put that on hold until after we’re through playing and we’ll start talking to C.J. and his agent and see where they are and what their thoughts are,” Ryan told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. “We’re totally focused on what we’re doing in trying to get to the World Series and trying to win the World Series and so that’s where our priority is.”

Ultimately there’s very little chance of Wilson agreeing to re-sign with the Rangers before testing the market anyway, so the timing and the Rangers’ policy against negotiating during the season probably don’t change things much.

Texas certainly kept rolling despite the loss of Cliff Lee last winter, but losing your No. 1 starter in back-to-back offseasons is tough to withstand. Of course, that doesn’t mean giving Wilson, say, a five-year, $75 million contract is automatically a smart move and there’s been some talk that the Rangers will pursue Japanese ace Yu Darvish if they can’t keep Wilson.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Oct 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Note to C. J. Wilson-
    6/$100M available at (212) 926-5337

    • uyf1950 - Oct 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      It will be interesting to see if the Rangers are able to lock CJ Wilson up during the exclusive negotiating period. If not my guess is the Yankees will offer 5 years $85 to $90M. Just a guess and an opinion.

  2. Kyle - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Man, this guy went from reliever to ace free agent rather quickly. Good for him, and good on the Rangers for taking the risk to stretch him out.

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