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The Angels are making a “serious push” to sign C.J. Wilson

Dec 6, 2011, 12:14 AM EDT

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Silly season is in full effect. Just hours after it was reported and quickly denied that C.J. Wilson had a six-year offer on the table from the Nationals, Jon Paul Morosi of hears that the Angels are making a “serious push” to sign the free agent left-hander. Ah, Winter Meetings.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday afternoon that there are five teams in the mix for Wilson, including the Rangers, Angels, Marlins, Nationals and an unidentified “mystery team.” One of the five has reportedly made a six-year offer, though it’s not believed to be from either the Rangers or Nationals.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington is scheduled to meet with Bob Garber, the agent for Wilson and Roy Oswalt this week, but he told Gordon Edes of tonight that he is unlikely to pursue “top-tier” free agent starters.

  1. beerjunkie - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Still can’t believe someone is going to give this clown a 6 year deal. Crazy.

    • philiplewis1 - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      Believe me, as a Ranger fan, Wilson is a very good pitcher. However, he is NOT a top tier guy and definitely not worth a 6 year high dollar contract. He would, however, be a very good #2 or #3 rotation guy if the salary was reasonable. Under those circumstances, though, he would likely stay with the Rangers. Wilson is basically testing the waters for someone who will overpay for a left handed hard throwing pitcher. If he doesn’t find that deal, I think he stays where he is.

    • judahbenhur - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

      Don’t cry before you’re hurt… do you always believe everything you hear? That clown has lead his team to the WS two years running.

  2. cosanostra71 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    I don’t think it’s silly. I would view the Halos as a threat to sign Wilson. It would create one of the better rotations in the majors, but would do nothing to help our anemic offense.

  3. Chris K - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    Maybe it’s because my first introduction to CJ was as a reliever on my 2008 fantasy team, but I just can’t bring myself to call him a top tier free agent. I have this niggling feeling in the back of my head that he is going to get shelled non-stop and end up being the new Werth.

  4. lyon810 - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:01 AM

    Tony Reagins is obviously still running this team via puppet regime

  5. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:22 AM

    good pitcher – obviously the only thing that could push him past $100 million is the fact that there isn’t a better pitcher available. He’s not Jered Weaver – he’s not even Cole Hamels.

    • judahbenhur - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      How has he been pushed past 100 million? He was asking for that amount, but he’s not going to get it. It’ll be okay Chicken Little, the sky isn’t falling.

  6. proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    The Washingto Post says that the Nationals says that have no interest in Wilson.

  7. artisan3m - Dec 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Money matters, but a long-term deal is of more interest to Wilson right now. C.J. is not upper echelon ~ he proved that in the playoffs this year. Failing to find a five-to-six year guarantee with an option, I think he will stay with the Rangers where he is their “ace” ~ he won’t find that elsewhere, regardless of the money or contract length. Frankly, I can’t believe there is this much print about Wilson ~ he is not THAT great.

  8. yourrealmom - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    • 4th in AL in W (16)
    • 10th in AL in IP (223.1)
    • 6th in AL in SO (206)
    • 7th in AL in BB (74)
    • 7th in AL in ERA (2.94)
    • 5th in AL in W% (.696)

    Wilsons numbers.last season They dont seem bad to me..he eats up innings which trust me the Angels bullpen will appreciate if he were to sign…but he is top 10 in all the major catagories and he is a left handed pitcher..I hope Angels do sign him..JUST NOT 6 YEARS

  9. judahbenhur - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Wilson has lead his team to the World Series each of the past two years. He’s highly competitive and finished in the top 10 in all major categories. 5 years 80 million is where he is going to settle, and that number is less than what Lackey and Burnette got. Gives the Angels great trade options because they can move Santana and save nearly 12 million, while trading for someone such as the Yankees Banuelos, the rookie left-handed stud. The money saved allows them to sign Ramirez. Too many options to list, but all are good and enable us to fill our other holes.

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