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Nationals seen as favorite for left-hander C.J. Wilson

Dec 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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The Nationals made a big splash at last December’s Winter Meetings, signing outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract. Might they be preparing a similar-style plunge at this year’s event?

According to Jon Heyman of, other teams are viewing the Nationals as the current favorite to land free agent left-handed starter C.J. Wilson.

Wilson, 31, posted a stellar 2.94 ERA and 206/74 K/BB ratio in 223 1/3 innings this past season for the Rangers. He was a dominant reliever, and he’s now turned himself into a top-of-the-line rotation arm.

The Marlins, Angels and Red Sox are also thought to have interest. Texas is likely to make a bid as well.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Good for them if it happens. Wilson should do very, very well in that ballpark if he signs with them.

  2. thomas2727 - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    So are the Nats setting themselves up to be contenders in 4 years?
    Are they setting themselves up to be another club with multiple albatross contracts in 4 years?

    • JBerardi - Dec 4, 2011 at 7:29 PM

      They’re setting themselves up to be contenders sooner than that. Harper is less than a year away.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Dec 4, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    One would think that overpaying one free agent last year because of a weak market at that position would make them gun shy about doing it again. I guess not…

    • 78mu - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      If the only building for sale is in Topeka, that doesn’t mean you’re buying the Sears Building. Wilson is a good pitcher but he’s not going to be confused with Lincecum or Halladay.

  4. burgundyngold21 - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    fuck this id rather sign buherle

  5. 2r2d - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Are the Nationals really willing to spend that much again?

  6. miketreedy - Dec 4, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Well, they won’t have to worry about bad post season performances in DC since they won’t ever be in the playoffs.

  7. lewp - Dec 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    I don’t know why the media says the Rangers are interested in CJ. The Rangers are only interested in CJ if it’s worth it….he isn’t worth what he’s asking for….

    The guy has never won a playoff game….100 million for that? C’mon people.

    Here’s is the Ranger’s logic…let CJ walk…(something CJ is very used to), and concentrate on signing Buerle.

    • Mike Luna - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      I think he actually did win 1 playoff game. Last year, Game 2 against Tampa. If I remember, he followed up Cliff Lee’s dominant performance with a pretty dominant performance of his own.

      Granted, I’m too lazy to look it up, but that’s how I remember it.

      Still, $100MM is a bit much for a guy of his caliber. Let the Nats have him.

    • artisan3m - Dec 4, 2011 at 4:37 PM

      C.J. is good, not great ~ and not a $100-mil pitcher by any stretch. I think the guy has already peaked and I think he knows it. For that reason, it will be all about dollars with Wilson. Candidly, he wants to remain with the Rangers but I think both Ryan and Daniels feel Wilson is not worth the long term contract nor monetary risk. There are better pitchers on the market than C.J. ~ and who will cost a lot less money. My tired old eyes tell me that the Rangers need two arms; one for Wilson and one for Feliz. I don’t think Neftali will make it in the rotation.

  8. wegonnadoitbaby - Dec 4, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    He’s a west coast guy. He will not sign to play in the Northeast. The Rangers don’t think he is worth “Ace” money, and he isn’t. Lands with the Angels.

  9. simon94022 - Dec 4, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    The Nats were a .500 team this year in a very tough division. They are loaded with young talent, and it’s not hard to imagine them taking a quantum leap forward to playoff contention in 2012, especially if this turns out to be the year that age catches up to the Phillies.

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