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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 13, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:54 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

They didn't lose Colby. Their best playoff pitcher. Good riddance CJ.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:49 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too


Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:35 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Both great moves by the Angels.  Looks like the Rangers short run atop the division has come to an end
I wouldn't say that yet... Neftali Feliz in the starting rotation now and Joe Nathan at closer doesn't sound too bad right about now.  Nloan Ryan isn't done yet...he just saved a lot of money with CJ leaving...Nathan was only 2 years and $18mill I think.  The Rangers have room to go after another starter...or who knows what they have on the farm...Nolan knows pitchers...

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:31 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

C.J. is a flake. Walks hisself into trouble in toooo many games. I don't know who would piss me off more, Wilson's walks, or Washingtons inability to see when a pitcher is imploding.

cya C.J...............


Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:28 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

As a Rangers's nice to see C.J going to the Angels.....I think you guys just wasted a ton of money on a mediocre arm.....just because they throw left handed and fast, doesn't make them a good pitcher.....the guys "head" isn't in the game....walked more people than just about anyone last year....had a terrible post season..and isn't far removed from being a bad closer and even before thten a terrible set up, thx for clearing out our checkbook so that we can go out and get some quality commodities.....

Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:20 pm
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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:10 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Totally agreed YooperMK.  Complain all you want about someone being greedy and such but to root for injury is the ultimate d-bag commentry.  I think if he were any smarter, he would see that his team is losing a guy who lead the AL in walks and also did not perform well in the post season.  Also, the opportunity cost, and what 15.5 mill per year in savings for another prospect coming up through the system might be of better use.  They can also trade for another pitcher under contract if they want to take on 10-12 mill.  There are a few marginal arms out there for them to chase.

Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:09 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

First Pujols and now C.J.'s coming back to Cali. Great day to be an Angels fan and nice to FINALLY have a GM who had some brass to make a couple of huge moves!! 

Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:00 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Economy must be good in SoCal!

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:55 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Its amazing to me how the Dodgers and Mets can be so bad when their cross-town teams spend out the ear to make the playoffs and build a good team.  The owners of those teams have absolutely missed the bus.  There is no reason why the Mets and Dodgers shouldn't be able to spend the money that the Yanks and Halos do.

The system is broke, but gosh if you are a big market team, you have no excuse to hoard your cash.   

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