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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.'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 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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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:11 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Do his initials stand for California Joke? They might after he steps away from the awesome Texas offense. I don't see Wilson as being an impact pitcher. Just another waste of cash like Mike Hampton in Colorado a number of years ago, Barry Zito in San Francisco, Dontrelle Willis in Detroit and A.J. Burnett with the Yankees 

Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:26 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Buerhle is better than this guy.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:20 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

pretty sure if you were to look in the dictionary for the word over-rated, you would find CJ Wilson's bio....just saying?

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:20 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

This is clearly a result of the Angels still saddened by the fact that they let Napoli walk to Texas for nothing.  With that pain still in their hearts, they go out and overspend.  I'm not worried about this, as a Ranger fan.  This reeks of the A-Rod signing.  That MF was an albatross over the club for years.  The Angels have a 3 year window with these guys before their bank is broken.  Pujols, CJ, Vernon Wells will be old washed up men that still account for 200 million dollars on the Angels payroll long after they've stopped producing. 

Good luck angels, maybe this will buy you a championship in the next 3 years......because if not, you're screwed for the next 10. 

Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:14 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

So let's just go ahead and pencil in a Marlin-Angels World
series right now.  Just go ahead and take a page out the Yankee playbook and buy  a  championship!!!

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:05 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too


I'd take Colby Lewis or Derek Holland first, before I would Wilson. Like I said, he throws toooo many balls.

Also, might wanna check out how many posts are saying the same thing.


Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:29 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too


Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:22 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Not only does this move takes him away from Texas, there are signs that could mean C.J. is going to get better.  Low mileage, going from an insane hitters ballpark to a normal hitters ballpark, no pressure of being the ace behind Weaver and Haren, and just being more happy at home ... I am not even an Angels fan, and I really like this signing!  I don't see what all the criticism is about.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:21 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

I never thought much of Wilson I guess because I only saw him when he played the Yankees and in the Playoffs. After reading this article he reminds me of the scrimmage hero. A real stud in practice but come gametime he folds. I write this in regards to his stint as closer (very high ERA) and his production (As in producing walks & runs) in the playoffs. It seems the Angels are turning into the new Yankees with the cash, good for them and the Angels fans. That is why I loved George S, he always re-invested in his team. Good Luck Angels maybe we see you in the ALCS !!

Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:59 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

where the hell is brian cashman while all these deals (notably wilson and buehrle) are going down???

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