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C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 2:07 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- Remember back in October when Angels' owner Arte Moreno said the team had no money to spend in free agency? He was evidently playing an incredible ruse on the rest of us. Not only did the Angels land the biggest fish of all Thursday morning -- signing Albert Pujols -- but they have also nabbed free agent starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, the club announced Thursday. Wilson has been signed to a five-year, $77.5 million contract, reports Jon Heyman. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler has confirmed the news and the dollar figure.

Wilson, 31, is a born-and-raised Californian. He was born in Newport Beach and attended high school at Fountain Valley. He then played college ball at Loyola Marymount -- in Los Angeles. In fact, the Marlins offered Wilson a six-year deal worth a good amount more money. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports the Miami offer was up to $99 million -- and Wilson's representatives believe the Marlins would have gone over $100 million. Plus, there is no income tax in Florida. So, as opposed to the what appears to have happened in the Pujols situation, Wilson wasn't chasing the money. Sure, he's not anywhere close to being poor, but it appears he left lots of money on the table to go back home.

"The Marlins definitely were the frontrunner for a while -- they offered the most lucrative deal and the most freedom, too," Wilson said in the Hilton Anatole lobby Thursday. "But by no means was I trying to break the bank here. If it was about the money, I'd be a Marlin."

"You could say it's a hometown discount," he said, noting he's been getting tons of calls and text messages from excited family and friends back in California.

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Wilson went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 206 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings during the 2011 regular season, qualifying for his first All-Star Game. Also keep in mind the Rangers played in the most hitter-friendly park in the majors in 2011, and Wilson's road ERA was a sparkling 2.31.

On the flip-side, Wilson had a bad showing in the postseason, specifically with control -- this coming from a guy who constantly throws up the hash-tag #throwstrikes on Twitter before his starts. In 23 innings during the ALCS and World Series, Wilson surrendered 20 walks. He entered Game 7 as a reliever in a pivotal moment and forced home an inherited runner with a hit-by-pitch. In his career, Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.82 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 52 1/3 postseason innings.

Also, Wilson has only been a starting pitcher for two years. From 2005-09, he worked exclusively out of the Rangers' bullpen, even serving as closer for a bit. He was pretty good in 2007 and 2009, but had an awful 6.02 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 2008 -- the season in which he accrued a career-high 24 saves. Prior to 2010, however, Wilson made the switch to being a starter at the big-league level. It stuck. He went 15-8 with a 3.35 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 204 innings. His walk rate was bad, as he coughed up an AL-high 93 walks, but he still was a quality starter by nearly every measure. He got even better in 2011, serving as the Rangers' ace en route to their second consecutive World Series appearance.

Wilson did note he was disappointed that the Rangers didn't push for him very strongly.

"I would have shot myself in the foot to stay in Texas," he said.

He just didn't have the chance. In fact, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels jokingly said to Wilson, "any chance I can get you to sign with the Marlins," instead of going to an AL West rival (per Scott Miller).

Instead, Wilson has gotten his big payday and returned back home -- still in the AL West.

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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:04 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Happy days for the Rangers. We are going to KILL Wilson next year. Too bad Albert will make up the difference. Great move on Albert but Bad move on Wilson. Don't forget the kid have the best defense in baseball behind him and big bats too.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:30 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

He'll be number 3 on the staff, behind Haren and Weaver. 



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 6:55 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

This is a good move for CJ he get's to be a number 2 on this staff, even though he get's number 1 money.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:31 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Hate to see him go, but I think the pitching staff was already being prepared for this and Nolan probably has his eye on more arms.  As for the Angels and Marlins...yes, paying huge dollars to put together incredible teams, but it is a long season and once the playoffs come, it all changes.  You may be the winners of the regular season, but as STL showed last year, the champions of the tournament can come from a wild card.  The $$ didn't work for the Heat this past year, but I also think MLB is a bit different...more players to dilute the egos, so they will likely do well as long as they stay healthy.  I'm just glad we're not talking about NYY and BOS.



Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:28 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

It tells that unlike what many people think, the Yanks and Sox don't have limitless wallets.  They have done all their spending the last few years, Yanks just signed CC to a 160 million extension to go along the fat contracts of Alex, Tex, Jeter, etc.  Sox just last winter signed Crawford and Gonzalez ... these are are multi year contracts, you certainly can't expect them to do that EVERY WINTER.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:18 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

I'm just saying the Yankees and Red Sox who have all the money in the world and need pitching badly didn't even get into the bidding on CJ, what does that tell you??? 



Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:08 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

I agree 100%, this was a great signing for the halos.  You can question the Pujols long-term deal, but not this one.  CJ could had signed for 100 million with the Marlins, but he wanted to be an Angel, it should be fun when he pitches againts the Rangers.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:56 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Wilson went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 206 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings during the 2011 regular season, qualifying for his first All-Star Game. Also keep in mind the played in the most hitter-friendly park in the majors in 2011, and Wilson's road ERA was a sparkling 2.31


How is this overrated? he did pitch them stats, correct? yes he didnt do to well in the playoffs but he did pitch that stat line in the season plus he has only been a starter for two years now and lets not take away he pitched in a batter friendly ballpark and had a under 3.00 era in the A.L... so how is he overrated when you really havnt seen much of him, but anyone would like to have a pitcher on thier team throwing them stats for sure. plus he isnt going to be the ace of the staff in texas he was texas ace so he had tons of pressure on him, now he can just relax and pitch. 15 million for a pitch with them stats isnt that bad in the F/A market world now adays. crap there are tons of worst pitchers making way more then that.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:47 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

I CAN'T STAND ST. LOUIS FANS A BUNCH OF WINING CRY BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!BURNING PUJOS JERSEYS AND PHILLY FANS GET THE BAD RAP-HUH-IS THE NATIONAL MEDIA GOING TO TALK HOW CARDS FANS R LOSERS! GO PHILLIES
I agree that some St. Louis fans are over reacting that Pujols sign with another team, but i disagree that the whole fan based is cry babies.  The problem is that a few fans that reacted bably would make the whole fan based look bad

Philly fans has earned their rep., now I don't blame the whole Philly fan based for this just the few bad apples.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:22 pm
 

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Overrated...perhaps...but this guy is still a quality pitcher and he's going to be their 3rd or 4th starter (depending on how high you value ervin santana).

He was lucky to go into free agency in a weak year for pitchers, so yes he's a bit overpaid, but that's gonna be a solid starting rotation in Anaheim


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