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UPDATE: Nationals GM denies making six-year offer to C.J. Wilson

Dec 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

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UPDATE III: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post hears that the Nats had little, if any, interest in Wilson from the start. Mark Buehrle remains their top target.

UPDATE II: If you’re wondering why C.J. Wilson hasn’t accepted that six-year offer from the Nationals yet, well, it’s because it’s apparently not true. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo just told Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that he hasn’t offered Wilson a six-year deal.

UPDATE: The mystery team is revealed. According to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, the Nationals are the team who offered C.J. Wilson a six-year contract.

5:04 PM: Last night Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reported that four teams had made offers to C.J. Wilson and now Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram writes that one of those offers is a six-year contract.

And it’s not from the Rangers, who’re scheduled to meet with Wilson’s agent tonight or tomorrow.

According to Jeff Wilson there’s a fifth team in the mix for the free agent left-hander that has so far “remained anonymous” along with the Rangers, Nationals, Angels, and Marlins.

  1. trevorb06 - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Watch RAJ ninja this one just like he did Cliff Lee. Good way to replace Oswalt. Just note I called it first.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      if RAJ signs him for a 6 year deal at the rumored AAV, he’s gone completely bonkers

      • Lucas - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        Wasn’t him being bonkers proven unequivocally with the Ryan Howard signing?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM

        I think we have long since established that RAJ is out of his fucking mind. Honestly, nothing would surprise me at this point.

      • paperlions - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:38 PM

        I don’t know that RAJ is out of his mind…but he does spend money like a politician…it isn’t his, so fuck it, let’s do this thing.

  2. thejotapee - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Buerhle > CJ Wilson

    • Ari Collins - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Umm. Have anything at all ever to back that up?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        His last name comes first in the alphabet?

      • natstowngreg - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:53 PM

        He won’t cost as much?

      • lardin - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:02 PM

        He’s actually Pitched well for more than a year and a half and his starts last less than three hours

      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:05 PM

        Fatter?

      • Ari Collins - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:24 PM

        Oh, if he’s just saying that Buehrle’s a better value, then that’s a reasonable argument.

        @lardin: Each of Wilson’s two years as a starter has each been better than any year Buehrle’s ever pitched. I think it’s a pretty foolish idea to prefer a guy who’s been a solid #3/#4 for many years over a guy who’s been a #1/#2 the last two years.

      • thejotapee - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:09 PM

        The fact that Buerhle cost half as much and will give you almost the same production. And he’s been much better in the postseason than Wilson has. Buerhle goes deep into ball games and stays healthy. He may not strike out as many batters as CJ will, but he’s crafty and gets the job done.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM

        Buehrle’s probably a better value, but he doesn’t project to give you anywhere near the production. His postseason numbers aren’t that much better than Wilson’s, and, if you believe that the tiny sample of postseason numbers are predictive, then you might take note of the fact that Wilson was excellent in 2010 in the postseason, and that Buehrle was terrible the last time he made it there.

        Wilson also goes deep into games and stays healthy. There’s really nothing that Buehrle does better than Wilson (other than pitch faster, which, sadly, has nothing to do with pitching better). And there are many, things that Wilson does way better. Chief among them: get batters out.

        This worship of Mark Buehrle is insane. He’s a middle of the rotation starter who people love because he puts the ball in play and pitches quickly, but he’s not someone I’d want my team giving a four-year deal to.

    • dondada10 - Dec 5, 2011 at 9:16 PM

      Wilson’s probably going to outproduce Buerhle in 2012. The question is will the production be worth the price? In fairness, however, that’s the question for all free-agents.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    I’m not sure but I can’t find in the piece if it means 6 years guaranteed. Or possibly 5 years with an option year?

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