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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: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:57 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

A 77 million dollar hometown discount??????    Wow serioulsy these guys clearly have inflated egos.   not about breaking the bank?  I guess I would'nt care if it was 77 million or 100 million either....what a joke...only one who pays is common fan that can't afford to go to game anymore

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:28 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

CJ Wilson is a tool and he will be forever pawned by the Rangers every time he faces them. Wilson is just not that good against good hitting.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:59 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

C.J. Wilson was a huge disappointment for the Texas Rangers last season so this is not big loss. Besides... I have faith in Big Tex as he has apln or he would have immediately have resigned C.J. Wilson.  

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:55 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

He deserves the money. an ERA in the low 3's playing in the American League. 5 years is adequate for a player in his early 30's, but low miles because of his early life as a relief pitcher.

He's basically the angels replacement for Lackey, who left to join the Red Sox. Boyyy did the Angels dodge a bullet with that one. The Angels will contend for the first time in a long time. I don't remember them being relevant since they had some guy named Salmon, and I'm not joking there.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:16 pm

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

He does deserve this kind of money. When you are trying to build a World Series team, this is exactly the type of move you make. The Angels have three very good starters in their rotation. All right-handed. Now they sign Wilson, who is a very good pitcher in a hitters park, and they stick him in the Angels ballpark, his ERA will go down by .50. And probably the most important part of this signing is that Wilson is a quality Left Hander. Those just don't fall into your lap everyday.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:49 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Check your facts. Weaver signed for 5 years $85 million.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:28 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

Who pays a #3 starter this kinda money? It's good to see the angels making some big moves but really - CJ Wilson doesn't deserve this kind of cash. I remember this guy being awful for years then he has an above average season and everyone wants him? The pujols move is probably worse though - The halos will have no money for years now and they got 1 great and one so-so player out of it - I doubt they make the playoffs over then next 3 years. 

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:46 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

I'd be pissed if my name was Jeff Weaver. He signed for less money and is a hell of alot better than Wilson.

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:35 am

C.J. Wilson headed to Angels, too

To me, this guy was and is a big roll of the dice.  He DOES have filthy stuff and decent, if not crazy velocity.  But his command is inconsistent.  Any noise about him getting or deserving 100 million - IMO - seems utterly silly.  Still, I'm surprise the Angels could get him for just 3/4 of that - home discount indeed.

In general, big money spent on pitchers just doesn't seem to pan out.  Wilson, at 31, and with not a ton of innings on his arm, may well pan out over 5 years.  Time will tell. 

Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:55 pm

Choke on that California air...

This guy will fit in great in the choking smog of Cali.  I'm sick of all of the hype surrounding this guy.  He choked twice in the World Series so good luck with your pipe dream Angels.  You've now become the Washington Redskins of the NFL LOL see you in the bottom of the West with no rings in three years....

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