Rangers Made Offer To C.J. Wilson

The Rangers made lefty C.J. Wilson an offer this month, the pitcher revealed today on ESPN's Ben & Skin Show.  Wilson indicated that the offer came too late in the offseason, as "a multiyear contract is a very complicated scenario."

Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine told ESPN's Richard Durrett he's open to further discussions with Wilson's agent Bob Garber during the season.  The offseason talks were described as "amicable" a few days ago by Wilson, who at that time preferred to resume discussions after the season.  Still, it seems possible Garber can negotiate midseason with the Rangers' front office without distracting Wilson.

Levine happened to sit next to Wilson on a flight to Dallas Monday afternoon.  Wilson joked that he was surprised he didn't read about the meeting on MLBTradeRumors.com.

If Wilson does reach the free agent market at age 31, he'll be one of the best starters out there aside from perhaps C.C. Sabathia.  MLBTR's Ben Nicholson-Smith identified a few comparables in this March 18th article.

14 Responses to Rangers Made Offer To C.J. Wilson Leave a Reply

  1. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    they offered to let me close if feliz became a starter

  2. Jayson Stark just tweeted “The Rangers may or may not have offered C.J Wilson a contract extension”

  3. hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

    If I’m Wilson I’m not signing anything. If he has another good year he’s in for a nice payday on that extremely thin market.

    • dc21892 4 years ago

      And if he doesn’t have another good year?

      • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

        That’s a gamble I’d be willing to take. Given how thin the market will, and with Wilson being a lefty, he’d still good money. And if he puts up another good year then it would be worth it. I don’t know about you, but I’m more likely to be confident in my abilities and go for a nice payday.

        • dc21892 4 years ago

          I hear what you’re saying, but it’s a risky move by both parts no matter which way they go. No one knows how his second full season as a starter will go. I have a feeling he’s going to do fine with the good stuff he has, but there’s no guarentees.

          • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

            I can definitely agree with you on those counts. Also, after re-reading my reply to you I can’t believe how many words I left out, haha.

          • dc21892 4 years ago

            Yeah, I noticed a few missing but I still was able to make out your point, lol. Good points made, though.

  4. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    “Ben & Skin Show”………? Sounds like something one would see on 42nd street before they went all Disney on us.

    • TapDancingTeddy 4 years ago

      Mayor Dinkins didn’t like Kung Fu movies, Porn or planes flying over US Open Tennis. The first two of those dislikes, and Mayor Guiliani’s follow-up, are why Times Square no longer looks like it did when they filmed “Midnight Cowboy.”

  5. Why would you cringe, its stacked. Any free agent class would be lucky to headline Carlos Silva.

  6. TapDancingTeddy 4 years ago

    CC will opt out for sure, so he’ll head the list next year.

    As for Andy, I certainly wish he was pitching this year, but couch potato and Dad are likely what he’ll be focusing on going forward. He and Mike Mussina are probably texting each other about how to keep busy right now.

  7. $3081341 4 years ago

    Rangers fans better hope so. He’d be closer to his native home, Cali.

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