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Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 5:21 pm

By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The Angels are pushing hard to try to sign free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson, with the goal of getting something done before the Winter Meetings end Thursday, sources told's Danny Knobler. Knobler has also learned the Marlins have offered Wilson a six-year contract. [UPDATE: The Marlins have signed Mark Buehrle. Unbelievably, sources have told Knobler that they are still in on the bidding for Wilson.]

Wilson has long been a favorite of new Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, and the team has been pursuing him since last month's general managers meetings. The Marlins have also pursued Wilson, and some believed that he would be their first backup choice if Albert Pujols decides to stay in St. Louis, which seems entirely possible.

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The Rangers talked regularly to Wilson's agent, but it was always believed that they would be willing to see him sign elsewhere.

Wilson, 31, is a California native. He went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 206 strikeouts in 233 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 and has only been a starting pitcher for two years.

As for the Marlins, we know they're serious about throwing money around, so it's not surprising they've gone with a big offer.

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Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:43 am

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

Someone make sure all these paychecks the Marlins are handing out ain't gonna bounce after a season. Talk about blowin' money fast, this is like Yankee gluttony x3. Cops should also look into counterfeiting or maybe a Ponzi scheme that's behind all this cash flowing into the Marlins.  

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:04 am

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

Why are the Rangers so willing to let Wilson walk without so much as batting an eyelash?

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:38 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

Dont even start trying to compare the Marlins to the Red Sox or Yankees. The Marlins current 2012 team payroll is just above 90 million. Guess how many teams made the playoffs with a payroll of under 90 million last year? TWO   Rays and the Brewers.     The Marlins are finally at the halfway point of the Phillies payroll. My best guess is that if the Marlins fail to sign Wilson, they will trade Hanley for a SP and sign Aramis Ramirez at 3rd.     &
Pujols would have been great, but fortunately the Marlins have an up and coming superstar in Gaby Sanchez.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:11 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

The fan base was actually good up until the 98 Firesale. They weren't sold out, but they were right around the middle of the pack which is good for a new franchise looking to establish themselves. After Huizenga pulled his firesale and then Henry said he can't pay for a stadium and Loria's "market correction" it pretty much told fans F-U. John Henry was the only owner to really show what the finances are all about, because it was under him where the key pieces had multi-year deals until Loria chased everyone from that 2003 team out.

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:35 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

Nice to see the Marlins spend all the welfare money they horded from revenue sharing the past ten years.

Like the moves they have made but they should stop pursuing Puljos because there is no way he is signing there without a iron clad no trade contract.Besides Sanchez is better than adequate in that line up as it is set up now..

If Josh Johnson is healthy i think they can over take the Phillies for the division this year..

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:46 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

What no one is mentioning is that the Marlins were investigated and slapped on the wrist by MLB for not SPending enough $. There are mandatory spending rules for revenue sharing andc opmpetition, i dont claim to know the details, but the Marlins are certainy making sure they dont get in trouble and field a championship caliber team

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:42 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

whitetrash thinks the total contract amounts are the same as the Redsox ANNUALpayroll!!! figure it out trashboy, the yearly payroll for the Marlins will still be far less than Yanks and Sox

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:50 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

The problem was not the stadium. It's a loser's excuse for why fans don't show up or don't care. How do Marlins fans stand Jeffrey Loria? This guy is an absolute cretin. He intentionally tanked his teams for 2 possible scenarios: Get a stadium or pack up and move shop out of Miami to place that would give him a new stadium. All of course so that he wouldn't have to front a single penny for it. And he cries poor constantly saying he can't compete.

Now all of a sudden he has limitless pockets when he has a new stadium given to him?

I'm happy for Marlins fans that your team now has a chance to be competitive year after year, but Loria's actions are reprehensible. It's stunning that Selig would let him purchase another team after what he did to the Expos in Montreal. He came this close to doing it again to Miami.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:27 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

Miami is a large market ( According to the US Census Bureau, Miami's metro area is the seventh most populous and in the United States, with a population of around 5.5 million), it should be a great baseball city (lot's of residents who are Cubans, Dominicans, and older Americans), it has a lot of big money types in the area for luxury boxes.

What was holding them back was the old stadium sucked, and it rains there so often the rain delays killed the fan base. If run correctly this city should be able to have a budget somewhere between the Angles and the Phillies. 

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:25 pm

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too

Yeah Philly and Boston spent alot of money, but not like the Marlins are this year. Lets say they get prince or Pujols, and the signing of reyes and buerhle. They might actually spend near 400 million in contract ccash. Thats insane. Even though they wont win anything, and after 60 games the fans in Miami will do what they always do - get bored with the sports and hit the beachs and clubs..

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