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C.J. Wilson’s agent was “pleasantly surprised” by meeting with Rangers

Dec 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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Yesterday the Rangers met with C.J. Wilson‘s agent, Bob Garber, who described the get-together as “great” and said he was “pleasantly surprised” by how things went.

That presumably means the Rangers made a strong push to re-sign Wilson, but Garber declined to tell Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas if an actual offer was made and Durrett speculates that the Rangers might not be willing to give out a five-year deal, let alone the six-year contract Wilson is reportedly hoping for.

Another factor is that the Marlins’ interest in Wilson likely hinges on whether they sign Albert Pujols. If they land Pujols that would presumably mean Miami’s wallet will finally slam shut, but if Pujols stays in St. Louis there’s lots of speculation that the Marlins will throw a bunch of that money in Wilson’s direction.

Texas reportedly views Mark Buehrle and Roy Oswalt as fallback options to Wilson, but Nolan Ryan admitted that the Rangers “are more familiar and more comfortable with him than anyone else.”

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    I still say Wilson winds up signing with the Angels.

  2. beerjunkie - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    I don’t mind if CJ resigns with the Rangers, but please not for more than 3 years! And not more than AAV of $14M. Anything longer need to be club options.

  3. Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    The Rangers letting Wilson walk, makes just about as much sense as the Cards trading Kyle Lohse to make room for Mark Buehrle…. Not much.

  4. beerjunkie - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Wilson is 31 with 2 years starting experience. He fell in his face during the last 2 World Series. With the signing of Joe Nathan to close the Rangers can move longtime starting prospect Feliz to the rotation. Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando, Scott Feldman, and Neftali Feliz are their early list of 6 for 4-5 rotation spots. No need to over committed to CJ Wilson in either years or dollars.

  5. beerjunkie - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    *sorry about the couple spelling/grammar errors.

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