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Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

Posted on: October 29, 2011 11:58 am
 
Wilson

By Evan Brunell


Now that the Rangers coming up short in the Fall Classic for the second year in a row, the team may be poised to lose its left-handed ace... again.

A year after failing to entice Cliff Lee back to Texas, the Rangers have new ace C.J. Wilson set to hit the market. Wilson, despite posting a 2.94 ERA in 24 starts, isn't considered by many to be an elite, ace pitcher. His performance in the postseason didn't do much to help his prospects, finishing with a 5.79 ERA in 28 innings across five starts and one relief appearance. That could hold back his market, although Wilson hopes not.

"I feel like I pitched pretty well in the World Series and I hope that rinses out the bad taste people had in their mouth from the bad inning I had in Detroit and the bad game I had against Tampa," Wilson told ESPN Dallas, noting how he finished the World Series with a 2.92 ERA over 12 1/3 innings. However, Wilson walked 11 and struck out just nine, so his World Series outings were not exactly impressive. "I feel like I made some good adjustments and got some help from some people to make those adjustments," he added. "The only thing I’m concerned with, personally, is, ‘what can I do to be a better baseball player next year?’"

But before he can play next year, he has to find a team. And Wilson has absolutely zero idea of the process.

"It’s foreign to me. I don’t know how it’s going to work," Wilson said. "I don’t know if someone is going to be like, ‘we’re going to get you your own blimp; no matter how bad traffic is we will blimp your butt to the field.’"

I think it's safe to say that no team will be offering to "blimp [his] butt" to the field, but he should be in line for a lucrative payday, even if he falls short of the $100 million mark that some have projected. If Wilson breaks that barrier, it won't be Texas doing so. The club isn't awash in finances and doesn't believe Wilson can be a front-line ace, which $100 million would demand he be. Wilson wouldn't rule out a return to Texas, crediting the organization for his success.

"The baseball angle here is very strong. Obviously, we’re a good organization. We’ve proven we can win," Wilson said. "We have guys on the team coming back. We have a lot of pieces that I think are complementary to me and vice-versa, so in that regard, that kind of speaks for itself. I like it here in that sense. They’ve treated me with a lot of respect the last two years as a starting pitcher and they’ve given me a chance to improve, given me a chance to solidify my role on the team as well as around the league as a premium starter. I feel like a lot of my success is because of the team that I’ve been playing on."

Wilson didn't seem to intimate he would give Texas a hometown discount, but did make one thing very clear.

"Bottom line is, you play to win as a baseball player," he said. "You want to be putting yourself in a good position or a better position than you were in previously. I have no idea what’s going to happen."

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Comments

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

There is no such thing as loyality in Pro Sports.  The Rangers should do whatever to resign C.J.  Its expensive but thats what it costs..pay it or he's gone.  As for Oliver his best days are behind him but being a LHRP he will cash a check for a couple more years.  If not in Texas somewhere else.  I feel for your Rangers...one strike away 2 times in the same game ouch!  But Ron Washington and Nolan Ryan can get it done for you.  Lets hope they DON'T raise the price of anything other than a couple of salaries.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:21 pm
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

C.J. to the bright lights of New York.  C.C. stays dreamers.  Carlos Beltran back to the bright lights in New York to add some pop at DH.  Gardner too fast and good defensively to sit.  Texas had their window its closing.  Now if the Yanks could get Tulo ruh ro!  Hank Steinbrenner did not like getting outbid at the winter meetings in 2010.  The checkbook is wide open boys and just about anybody on the Yankee squad could be packing their bags.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

Buehrle, Chen, Kuroda, Sabathia, Wilson.  What other free agent SP is any good? 

I don't think Buehrle, Kuroda or Sabathia are available, not one bit.  Buehrle will most likely stay in Chicago, he supposedly loves it there and the Whitesox can't afford to let him go.  CC is only opting out for more guaranteed money, and he has the Yankees by the balls.  CC says he LOVES playing in New York, I think the Yankees won't let him go... they are dead without him.  CC can basically write his own check for God sakes.   Kuroda? He supposedly was quoted saying he wants to stay in the National League, preferably in California......

There aren't many good pitchers available.... C.J Wilson is going to score big this winter... I believe 100 million dollars or possibly considerably more.  Left handed starters with sub 3 era's don't grow on trees... 



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

Buehrle, Chen, Kuroda, Sabathia, Wilson.  What other free agent SP is any good?  No one seems to want Chen although he's been pretty good the past 2 years.  Kuroda would strengthen any rotation but he's got some age and might not want to go to a city that doesn't have a sizeable Japanese community.  The pickins are slim.


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Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:18 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:59 am
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

Hey good times/bad times Ranger$ fan....Darren Oliver didn`t coost you the series.  Sure he`s so old(insert joke) he was with the Ranger$ when the franchise moved from Washington. He played with Ron Washington, snorted blow with Ron Washington, ect. A "lefty specialist" is a small part of most any bullpen. Your closer Feliz lost the series. He couldn`t finish Freese and that was it. As for Oliver he might pitch till he`s 50 or until Arthur Rhodes goes as clearly it`s sojme sorta contest who can stink more & make more $. Oh to be a LHP!!  As long as the mixed up Angels don`t make some good moves, (last year unloading Napoli for nothing was as key as anything as far as Ranger$ benefit having him.) Ranger$ can make the playoffs and try wild card baseball again. Wouldn`t have Matt Harrison as my game 7 starter next time around. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:26 am
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

if all he can do is get the rangers their or any other team what good is he if he cant win/produce in the playoffs

You say that because you're not an owner of a major league baseball team.  Let me tell you why he's a great pickup, even if he sucks in the playoffs again next year.  MLB owners during the season write checks to the players, huge checks.  In the playoffs, aside from side playoff bonus money or peanuts in comparison to the regular season, ALL THE MONEY IS THEIRS......  almost all the profits from the playoffs go directly into an owners pocket.  So even though fans call him a choker and only care about championships, owners like money...... and that's their number 1 care in this world... MONEY.... 



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

if all he can do is get the rangers their or any other team what good is he if he cant win/produce in the playoffs?  having the most walks in playoff history for a yr is not something to be proud of, nor should any team think it is. but its baseball and he'll get paid



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

he can go, especially after coming in and with the first pitch he hits a batter to score a run for stl. he's not clutch and not worth the money.  



Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:39 pm
 

Rangers ace Wilson looks ahead to free agency

Wow. Some ace.


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