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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: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:53 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

wow look out for these guys now. Already a Great Rotation. Cj makes it even better, and now they have pujols too. haha what a force this team is gonna be. AL FAVORITES FOR SURE.

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:50 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

used to be my favorite Ranger, now i wish tommy john after his first pitch.  good riddance turncoat
The most classless statement I've seen in a long time.

Both great moves by the Angels.  Looks like the Rangers short run atop the division has come to an end.  10 years is a long time for Pujols but at least he can hit DH in the last few years of his contract.  CJ adds to an already solid rotation.

Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:47 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

the Phillies, Braves, and/or  Giants have the #1 rotation in baseball. Sorry halos.

Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:41 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

This is what the Angels needed ... a GM with some BRASS to go out and make big moves ... didn't expect these two moves in one day but I'll take it ... The West Coast Evil Empire has struck back with furious vengeance and are now the favorite to win the World Series. We just took over the #1 rotation in baseball and have arguably the best hitter in 20 years. I am soooo stoked for the season.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:39 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

I see the Angels are trying to catch the Yankees and Red Sox payroll numbers, that's nice.  As for worrying about the worries.  While C.J. Wilson has great regular season numbers, he's 1-4 in post season, so good luck with that.

As for the Rangers rotation now...well with the addition of Joe Nathan as the new closer for the rangers, Neftali Feliz can now have his shot at being a starter.  Still short a lefty starter, but I'm sure Nolan Ryan knows what he's doing...CJ was a foregone conclusion anyway since he wanted to go back home.

Since: Dec 24, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:25 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

This is gonna be fun!

Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:20 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

The Angels payroll is what now?? Around 170 million? Wow..ridiculous.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:50 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Really? Closer to home over money? This guy is a dumbasss

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:47 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

With the Angels rotation and Pujols bat the Angels have just thrown their hat into the playoff ring.   Texas better answer the move or they could be looking at second place this year. 

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:46 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Smart for Albert to go to the American league. At the end of the contract, the Cardinals would have had a 42 year old first baseman and paying him 22 million a year.  Now he will be able to DH which makes more sense as he gets older. Adding Wilson to a staff thats already solid makes the Angels very solid. Watch out Texas.

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