Rangers, Wilson To Table Extension Talks For Now

The Rangers and C.J. Wilson’s agent have discussed a multiyear deal that would keep the left-hander in Texas after the 2011 season, but the sides don’t appear likely to continue discussions once the season starts, according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Agent Bob Garber and Rangers executives Jon Daniels and Thad Levine discussed ways of extending Wilson’s tenure with the Rangers without making significant progress.

Wilson, who is set to hit free agency after the season, says “it doesn't look like a deal is going to get done” before Opening Day. And once the season starts, Wilson says he prefers to focus on pitching, not contract negotiations. 

The Rangers negotiated with Wilson throughout the winter, even after they avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $7MM salary for 2011. Daniels says he values Wilson and is “not going to close the door on anything."

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4 years 5 months ago

later wilson

4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t extend with them either with the way they’ve been jerking around with their players lately. See Michael Young and Neftali Feliz (so is he a closer or a starter?)

4 years 5 months ago

you are ignorant.

feliz said he wanted to be the closer. he then changed his mind (presumably because maddux talked to him), but it has since been decided that he will remain the closer.

that had nothing to do with the organization, he simply expressed his desire to close rather than start and then changed his mind. the organization expressed their interests for him to start despite his desire to close, but there has apparently been a change of heart.

you are no longer ignorant.

4 years 5 months ago

Didn’t you miss a few steps there?

They want him to be a starter, as he was one in the minors

Then they move him to closer

He excels at closer and wins rookie of the year

They they say they want him as the opener for next year, even though he expresses his interest in remaining a closer.

Then he has a couple starts in spring training and says he wouldn’t mind being a starter

Then, now that he expresses his interest again as a starter, they want him to close again.

To me that is being jerked around by an organization.

4 years 5 months ago

Given Wilson’s huge jump in innings last season, a wait-and-see approach to see if he can make it through this season effective and healthy seems pretty wise. I’d take my chances of re-signing him in the off-season if I were the Rangers, too. They have a lot of pitching in the pipeline if it doesn’t work out.