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Report: C.J. Wilson next to get Marlins tour

Posted on: November 27, 2011 4:39 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 4:51 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

The newly-minted Miami Marlins are looking to make a big splash in free agency as they head into a new stadium -- and new era, says management -- having already given the grand tour of the new facilities to high-profile free agents Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. Next on the list: Left-handed starting pitcher C.J. Wilson.

According to Sun-Sentinel.com, Wilson will get his tour Monday.

Free Agency
Wilson, 31, has only been a starter at the big-league level for two seasons, but it's been as an integral member of back-to-back American League championship rotations. This past season, Wilson made the All-Star team for the first time in his career, going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 206 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings. He did falter in the playoffs, though, allowing 29 hits, 19 walks and 18 earned runs in 29 innings. It remains to be seen if that will affect his haul in free agency, but it's possible that -- along with his brief body of work for a 31 year old -- holds down those offers a bit. On the flip-side, Wilson had the best season of any of the free agent starting pitchers.

Also contained in the Sun Sentinel piece was that it doesn't appear the Marlins have any interest in Prince Fielder. Seeing as how they have reported offered Pujols a deal, that's a bit of a surprise.

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Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Report: C.J. Wilson next to get Marlins tour

This is like an episode of The Bachelor - pick one of these b*tches already!


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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 11:04 am
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:22 am
 

Report: C.J. Wilson next to get Marlins tour

Why would Pujols want to leave St. Louis for an lateral contract offer. I'll believe Miami's serious when they actualy sign someone. Until then it's all just smoke and mirrors to sell tickets to a new park.

I don't know why Pujols would leave St Louis for a lateral contract offer.... who knows, maybe he wouldn't.  But, can you tell me why Pujols still hasn't re-signed with the Cardinals?   He shot them down a year ago, he turned down a massive offer.  And then he refused to negotiate during the season.... so now they win the world series but Pujols is entertaining offers from other teams?  Why is that?

I have a feeling there is way more to this whole Pujols thing then we know about.  It doesn't make one ounce of sense if the contract rumors are true that Pujols wouldn't sign a 9 year deal with the Cards for around 200 million dollars.  That's incredible money... and when you consider big market teams like the Yankees, Bosox, Phili, etc don't have a need for him and aren't making offers, what is he waiting for and why on earth would he even visit the Marlins?



Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Report: C.J. Wilson next to get Marlins tour

I don't think anyone's going to de-throne the Phillies anytime soon, but the Marlins could make a couple signings that make them a wildcard contender.  Despite the collapse this year, the Braves still have to be considered contenders next year, and there are contenders in each division for the wildcard if you ask me.  I think the Marlins are genuinly looking to improve.

Josh Johnson will be healthy, Anibal Sanchez and Javier Vasquez are reasonable middle rotation starters, and even Ricky Nolasco could be useful at the back end of the rotation.  Looking at the Phillies and Braves rotations in the NL East, and even knowing that you'll run into Strasburg a few times a year, I can understand why a starter might help their cause, but in my opinion, signing a few reliable relievers would be much more beneficial.

As for the lineup, they won't get Pujols - he'll stay in St Louis - but Gaby Sanchez could break out this year.  I like that kid, I think he's going to continue to get better, and he and Stanton would make a nice middle of the lineup combo.  Bonifacio is going to improve and in the end, it's not a bad lineup.  Babies like Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison hold this team back with their half-ass effort and poor attitudes - management knew it and that's why Ozzie Guillen is such a great fit. 

Guillen might be able to make all those pieces work as is, but if they've got a legitamit shot at signing anyone, it's Jose Reyes, and he would be a huge contributer on top of that lineup.  I don't see them getting any of those other guys.  Reyes and bullpen help.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Report: C.J. Wilson next to get Marlins tour

Sounds to me like the Marlins are blowing alot of smoke trying to sell season tickets. So far the only big name free agent who's name hasn't been tied to the Marlins is Fielder. Any team can bring in free agents and claim they have made a substancial offer. So far it seems that every contract that has been offered has been much less than originaly reported. Why would Pujols want to leave St. Louis for an lateral contract offer. I'll believe Miami's serious when they actualy sign someone. Until then it's all just smoke and mirrors to sell tickets to a new park.


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