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Angels sign C.J. Wilson to five-year, $77.5 million contract

Dec 8, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

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This morning I dismissed the idea that the Angels could get both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.  As always, ignore whatever I say, because Joel Sherman just tweeted that the Angels have landed Wilson too.  Jon Heyman reports that it’s for five years and $75 million.  UPDATE:  it’s actually $77.5 million.

Allow me to observe that that actually sounds fairly reasonable. I was sort of expecting someone to massively overpay for Wilson. But really, 5/$75M is not terrible.

Anyway, it’s not official — it’s the word from some unnamed rival executive — but Sherman sounds pretty confident about it.  MLB Network has picked it up.

Mercy. The Angels are goin’ nuts.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Breaking: Angels sign Pujols & Wilson AND steal Marlins thunder.

    That’s a big morning.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      But the Marlins destroyed the Angels ability to sign anyone good for the next 5-10 years.

    • lcdcac - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      Really how dumb does that sound….

      1. Reyes
      2. Buehrle
      3. Bell

      Thats plenty of thunder!

      • cur68 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

        Yep, I agree. The Marlins have done enough to be far more competitive than last season. Any other signings are just bonuses. The Angels just dark-horsed everyone, so it seems like the Marlins got their thunder stolen. In reality I think that both teams have saddled themselves with massive albatross contracts that will cripple them in a few years, but the 2012 season looks mighty bright for both.

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        These 2 teams were just imitating the Yankees, but do not have New York’s fan base. They will regret it.

    • SOBEIT - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      They may have stole the buzz with Wilson, but not Pujols. The Marlins walked away from Pujols. And really, CJ Wilson is not all that. He may win during the regular season, but has not proven himself at all during the playoffs. In fact, didn’t Wilson set some kind of record for losing the All Star game, playoffs and WS in a single year…not to mention the loss to the Giants the previous year.

      But $15M is quite the haul for losing important games. Plus the NL is the pitchers league while all the hitters go to the AL with their ridiculous contracts so that they can DH when they can’t do anything else.

  2. Ari Collins - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Most improved team.
    Division favorites.
    Best rotation in the AL?
    Best team in the AL?
    Best team in baseball?

    • El Bravo - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

      1. I still think the Marlins will be most improved, but let’s let the records prove that out next season.

      2. Not neccesarily. Still more FAs out there and the Rangers still “no how to win” tee hee…had to use it. But seriously, Texas is still good.

      3. Definitely, without question.

      4. See number 2 (also consider you can’t ever count out AL Beasts + TB)

      5. We’ll see who wins it all next year, but it will likely be some random NL team that no one talks about until early Oct ’12. Just going by recent history here!

  3. Ari Collins - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Reports are 5 years at $75MM. If so, it’s a bit of a bargain, and perhaps a geographic discount (he’s from Cali).

    • bozosforall - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM

      They only said it twice in the article. Nice deduction, Sherlock.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        I don’t believe it was there when I started writing my comment. Could be wrong. Sorry for… wasting your time?

        Have you ever made a post that wasn’t insulting?

      • cur68 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:36 AM

        Oh, he had a few moments yesterday where he wasn’t a total tool but looks like he’s back off his medication this morning. Bozo being bozo, jeez…..

    • Ralphie - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM

      He can’t help it. His inner douchebag is on cruise control because Mommy and Daddy still dress him in that silly sailors’s suit.

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    I know I will need another shower after this posting, but I am going to defend the Yankees and say that if they were to throw around $325-335 million dollars in grabbing two of the biggest free agents out there, there would be no shortage of “Yankees are ruining baseball” articles written within the hour.


    • dnc6 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      I don’t get this. Can only one team be ruining baseball? Sure people hated on the Yankees more (and hey, they have spent a lot more than the Angels), but I’ve never seen anyone giving the Angels a pass.

  5. cur68 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Mike Scoscia is a very happy man this morning. He can finally show that Napoli guy who needed whom…

  6. Chris St. John - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    So Albert Pujols = Dwight Howard and CJ Wilson = Chris Paul?

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Oh no, references to guys in other sports! Does not compute!

    • cur68 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      Actually I’m amazed no one’s hauled out the LeBron comments yet. Arguably Albert HAS gone to the beach…

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:50 AM

        Lebron took less money to get away from a dog franchise and a classless owner. Pujols took more money to leave a world champion.

      • cur68 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        Your point, sir.

  7. goawaydog - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    and the Oakland Coliseum just grew that much quieter

  8. uyf1950 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    WOW again, Pujols and Wilson. Who would have thought it just 24 hours ago. Good luck to them.

  9. cozmokramertheassman - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    With Weaver, Haren, Wilson, and Santana you can add me as the fifth starter and it will still be the best rotation in the AL.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      I hear you have a fantastic 4-finger fastball.

  10. cjpunk15 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    The Los Angeles Heat of Anaheim

  11. El Bravo - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    I just pooped myself. I love baseball.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:32 AM

      Are those two separate thoughts?

      • El Bravo - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:37 AM

        I can’t even begin to think..oh wait, here’s a thought…is the Pujols move the best move the Cubs have made this off season? Thoughts?

      • Chris Fiorentino - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM

        Didn’t the Cubs hire Saint Theo?

      • El Bravo - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        Even getting Theo isn’t as cool as not playing against Pujols (or more importantly Pujols coming to crush balls out of Wrigley) on a routine basis.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 8, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Saint Theo the Handsome, Chris. Get it straight when you’re talking about my mancrush.

  12. uyf1950 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Based on salary numbers from baseball-reference for the 2012 factoring in these 2 signings and allowing for arbitration and pre-arb estimates the 2012 Angels payroll should come in at about $180MM if they don’t unload some salary they may be over the $178MM luxury tax threshold by a little bit.

    Don’t discount that they may look to trade a pitcher now that they have or will sign the lefty Wilson. I think taking offers for Ervin Santana is a distinct possibility. Food for thought.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      I get about $170MM. Possibly just more conservative arb estimates for me, though I’m also assuming they’ll non-tender Morales and save themselves $4MM or so.

      But yeah, either way, that’s a big payroll. Good chance it’s the second highest in baseball next year.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

        I didn’t make that assumption with Morales. They could save a few bucks there.

        Depending what the Sox do in RF and to fill the 2 open starting pitching jobs I get the Red Sox, Phillies and Angels all in the neighborhood of between $175MM as a low and $185MM as a high. I’ve got the Yankees coming in at about $203MM. All my numbers are just based on the opening day 25 man roster. Of course the luxury tax is based on the 40 man team rosters.

        Going to be a fun baseball season this year.

  13. ash2211 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Red Sox 2.0.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM

      Actually not a terrible comparison. But absolutely NOBODY thinks Pujols will have a lousy first season for his new team. While Crawford simply wasn’t that good to begin with–he was good, sure, but nowhere near as good as people were valuing him.

  14. garryfish - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    You still play the game to win!

  15. - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Lebron is a D-B becuase he had an ESPN Special to “announce” his decision. I’m not watching ESPN right now, unless AP and CJW are on there right now talking about how they arranged all this last off-season let’s stop with the Lebron Comparisons

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      ESPN showed it. Sponsors sponsored it. And you watched it. Lebron may have been a D-B, but he wasn’t the only one.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:58 AM

        Happy to say I was nowhere near it and started boycotting ESPN a few days ago.

      • - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM

        Actually no, I didn’t watch it. I was working my car at the time. I follow the NBA so closely that I just learned the other day that Gilbert Areanas was a player for the Washington Bullets and not the place they played.

  16. Jonny 5 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Jerry DiPoto to Brian Cashman

    • drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:49 AM


  17. missthemexpos - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    All the Angels need now is for Vince Young to declare them “Baseball’s Dream Team”

  18. drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    The Angels must have been really afraid for the arrival of those powerhouse Astros.

  19. old97 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    My God, that is a lot of dough. I know Anaheim is big-market, they draw pretty well, they’ve got a TV deal, etc, but enough to cover this?

    Ranger fans have bitter memories of this kind of spending spree – the John Hart years were littered with long-term terrible contracts for so-so players. Pujols is certainly NOT a so-so player, but I think CJ is.

    Good luck with all that, Angels. I think in 2 or 3 years, the CJ deal will be a baseball punchline, and the final 5 years of Pujols could be pretty bad too.

  20. rangerfan - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    This is GREAT news for the Rangers. The only reason Wilson was even remotely “good” is because of the defense that played behind him. With all of the walks that he gives up, the Angels 2nd and SS better start practicing now to be ready for all the plays they will have to make to bail him out.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:31 PM

      Eh? Wilson had 8.3 K/9 and a 2.8 K/BB ratio. Both excellent.

      The real question is whether last year is his true ability level going forward.

    • cowhawkfan - Dec 8, 2011 at 6:01 PM

      As a big Ranger fan I totally disagree. The Rangers were blessed to have Wilson as a starter. Yes, he struggled during the post-season, but you have to hava a good regular season to get to the post-season. The Rangers will be very lucky to win their division without some big move this winter. And as of now, other than Fielder, there is no big move to be made. And…Fielder does not help the pitching. Whose gonna be the #1 now? Wilson was a #2, everyonen else was a #3 or worse. Feliz is moving to the rotation and he’ll have some great games, but he’ll struggle his first year as a starter and likely tire at the end. In my mind, the Rangers still need a true #1 and a big hitting first baseman with a decent glove (I love MY, but keep him as the DH and utility fielder).

  21. uyf1950 - Dec 8, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Craig, Wilson’s numbers make even more sense when you realize Weaver recently signed a 5yr/$85MM deal with the Angels. With all respect to Wilson, Jared Weaver is the ace of the team.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Kind of apples & oranges. Wilson was a free agent–Weaver was not, nor was he close to becoming one.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:05 PM

        My only point was that I think it would have left a bad taste in Weaver’s mouth having given the Angels a “hometown” discount. Then within a year be paid less money then clearly a pitcher who is not your equal. That was my only point to the money and years reference.

        I realized the circumstances of signing the pitchers was/is different.

  22. smackingfools - Dec 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    There’s a reason the Rangers didn’t offer that much. It’s because he’s not that good. Overpaid.

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