Rangers Links: Wilson, Napoli, Cruz

After allowing six runs in six innings today against the Tigers, C.J. Wilson now has an 8.04 ERA in three postseason starts this year.  Not only did it hurt the Rangers in Game Five of the ALCS, but, as you'll read, Wilson's free agent value will also likely be hurt by his recent struggles.  Here's the latest on the Rangers…

  • A strong postseason could put Wilson in line for a five or six-year contract worth between $85-$100MM this winter, an agent tells ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter link).  A weak postseason performance, however, could limit Wilson to a deal of five years and $60-$65MM.  In August, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes noted that Wilson could crack the $100MM club due to the lack of ace pitchers on the free agent market this winter.
  • GM Jon Daniels today spoke to reporters, including Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, about Wilson's impending free agency.  While the Rangers haven't yet begun negotiations, Daniels said the front office staff has "spent a lot of time talking about it and preparing for it. We just don't want it to be a distraction any more than it is, naturally."
  • Daniels described the market value for Wilson as being "probably bigger than we would like and probably right about what he would like.  We're not even really spending too much time on that right now. Obviously, it's going to be a top priority for us."
  • The Rangers couldn't acquire Mike Napoli directly from the Angels since Los Angeles wasn't going to deal Napoli within the division, reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com (Twitter link).  Once Napoli was dealt to Toronto in the Vernon Wells trade, the Rangers "pounced" to acquire Napoli for Frank Francisco and the rest is history.
  • You can't blame former Mets general manager Steve Phillips for trading away Nelson Cruz in 2000, writes MetsBlog.com's Matthew Cerrone.  The Mets originally signed Cruz as an amateur free agent in 1998, when Cruz was 17, and then dealt him to Oakland two years later.
  • As reported earlier today by ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews, the Rangers are planning to make C.C. Sabathia a contract offer this winter, provided that Sabathia opts out of his contract with the Yankees.


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17 Comments on "Rangers Links: Wilson, Napoli, Cruz"


notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

if wilson gets less than lackey/burnett, someone’s getting a steal

Rabbitov
3 years 9 months ago

So you mean if the Sox or Yankees get him they are getting a steal?

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

probably a migraine too in those two cases

brendonkuhn
3 years 9 months ago

There is no way Wilson only gets $65 million, even after a poor postseason. He is likely short of the $100 million club, by I could still easily see $85 mil given to him.

Threat_Level_RedSox
3 years 9 months ago

$85 over 5 or 6 years? and there could be a club option or two depending on the guaranteed length of the deal.

3 years 9 months ago

 he is 31 years old converted reliever…..sounds like a contract the yankees would pick up. Please stay far away jon daniels

MadmanTX
3 years 9 months ago

Agreed. The money is better spent elsewhere. People are now getting an idea of Wilson’s lack of consistency as an “ace” pitcher.

3 years 9 months ago

I’d thought for a bit that I’d like to see the Angels go after Wilson, but at 5 years, $80+mil, I’d stay away… I’d rather see them acquire a solid innings eater/4th starter (Mark Buehrle), and save the money for the bullpen/catching spot… 

AND… another recent post on this site mentions Barry Zito, John Lackey, and AJ Burnett as reasons why CJ Wilson will also get a big contract… If anything, those 3 examples should be examples as to why he SHOULDN’T… 

TXHC
3 years 9 months ago

Well, in CJ’s defense he’s better than all those guys.  But I agree he still shouldn’t get Cliff Lee like money or even $100mm.  I think if I’m the Rangers I tell him 5/$80 and tell him to take it or leave it.  I love him, but I don’t think he’s worth any more than that (and I’d argue that even that might be overpaying a little).

inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

We aren’t done yet!

inleylandwetrust
3 years 9 months ago

Oh, and I hate Nelson Cruz.

55saveslives
3 years 9 months ago

I think I speak for all Giants fans…

Thank you Nelson for waiting a year to show up!  :)

j6takish
3 years 9 months ago

Nelson Cruz has a 258 OBP and a 655 SLG this post season. Small sample size or not, thats one of the wackiest slash lines I’ve ever seen

3 years 9 months ago

CJ Wilson for CC?  sounds fair. 

DutchTiger
3 years 9 months ago

Wouldn’t mind CJ on the tigers as #2-3 for $65mm for 4-5 years 

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

disregard arms; acquire bats

j6takish
3 years 9 months ago

He needs to do some extra hamstring curls or something this offseason, if the guy could ever stay healthy he would be an absolute monster….