Angels Have Serious Interest In C.J. Wilson

11:11pm: It doesn't appear that Wilson will sign very soon, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com tweets.  There are eight or nine teams interested in the left-hander and they plan to narrow that list down to four or five favorites.  The soon-to-be 31-year-old could fetch a six-year deal.

10:09pm: After meeting with the Angels for three hours, Wilson's agent Bob Garber disclosed that the interest is mutual, tweets Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.  "C.J. is extremely interested [in the Angels]. We're going to talk some more," said the agent.

Meanwhile, GM Jerry Dipoto isn't sure if Wilson's ties to Southern California will help their pursuit, tweets ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

8:14pm: The Angels have "serious" interest in free agent left-hander C.J. Wilson, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times (on Twitter). Angels GM Jerry Dipoto is meeting with Wilson's agent in Milwaukee tonight.

Dipoto has publicly expressed his interest in Wilson, who appears to have serious interest in joining the Angels. Several teams are already showing willingness to commit five years to Wilson, according to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). The southpaw is drawing heavy interest already, despite a lackluster showing in the postseason.

Wilson's a Type A free agent, but there's talk that teams will no longer have to surrender draft picks to sign top free agents under the upcoming collective bargaining agreement.


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192 Comments on "Angels Have Serious Interest In C.J. Wilson"


DodgerDen
3 years 9 months ago

Makes sense … a solid #2 starter and screw the Rangers.

Wes9825
3 years 9 months ago

He would be the Angels #4, which is great depth tho not at the high price. For Texas and other pretenders, he was or will be their “ace.” 
Never, ever have enough pitching so let’s stop with the Fielder, Pujols, etc. We are trying to get away from bad contracts like that, not take on MORE.
 

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

So by taking away bad contracts we sign a 30 yr old pitcher for 100+M for idk how many years..hmm 6 years perhaps

Nick Sossamon
3 years 9 months ago

He’s been a reliever his entire career… it’s not like he has a lot of wear and tear on his arm at this point.  And there’s no way he gets $100M+, especially from the Angels.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

He better not but he isn’t looking for a team to stay with and love..He looking for money like everyone else..This guy better not get Weaver type money..But sounds like he will..Hope not but will see what happens

slider32
3 years 9 months ago

CJ is not Weaver but his WAR was better than Weaver this year, 5.9- 5.6. He was the best pitcher on a World Series team two years in a row, that has to mean something.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

And sucked in the postseason.. and I never said anything about comparing anyone..I just said he better not get Weaver type money..

Khabibulan
3 years 9 months ago

#4? #1 = Weaver, #2 = Haren, #3 = ? Ervin? CJ Wilson is better than Ervin Santana.

3 years 9 months ago

Sounds like a good fit in all honesty.  Anything to keep Levine and the Steinbrenner Brothers from making yet another foolish signing.

sonofsnake
3 years 9 months ago

As a Mariners fan I now have serious interest in C.J. Wilson making a lot of money and pitching very poorly.

3 years 9 months ago

A rotation of Weaver, Haren, Wilson, Santana and whoever would be hard to beat.

3 years 9 months ago

Not when you have NO offense

Cankersly
3 years 9 months ago

NO offense is a little harsh. They have at least an average offense. Bourjos, Kendrick and Aybar are all above average offensive players for their positions. Everywhere else they are at least average, except catcher.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

I think you should also include Torii Hunter.

Coollet
3 years 9 months ago

and wells

3 years 9 months ago

Angels were 71-17 when scoring 4 runs or more. 

They were also 54-34 from June 11 – September 21. It was a poor 4 month stretch from early May thorough early June (10-20) that killed their season. 

Give them at least a league average hitting catcher, and a spark at the top of that lineup, and the Angels will not need much more offense to take back the AL West.

Especially if the Halos snatch CJ from the Rangers.

Of course, give them a franchise bat… look out.

3 years 9 months ago

Exactly my point! Imagine how much better they’d be if they swapped Jeff Mathis’ batting line for someone with even a .260 BA/.335 OBP! I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but that by itself would likely make them jump a few spots in the AL offensive rankings. 

3 years 9 months ago

I agree. Just a league average hitting catcher would’ve made a difference. 

Remember how much more productive the Angels were when Trout was hitting? That boosted our bench. That’s another thing…

This team’s bench was almost a ghost town until August. Get a league average hitting catcher, and pile on more productive bench depth, and that offense is already climbing and helping the Angels win. 

I’d also like to see a much bigger improvement in the top 2 spots than a .321 OBP.

And DiPito did mention the team’s need for better OBP. I’m glad he’s addressing that issue in the open.

A dominant closer would really help too because this team might still have an issue with shutting the door late in games regardless of how many runs they score.

It shouldn’t take much more for the Angels to get back into the playoffs. 

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Thats why there was only 2 teams in baseball that made the playoffs that were in the top 10 list for best team ERA and 4 teams that were top 10 for offense …Not to mention the WS..Both teams were top offense for there leagues

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

 The rangers didnt have the best offense in their league and if you look at other pitching categories fip xfip sierra the yankees, the cards and the rangers make the top ten in some pitching catergories as well.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

nooo they didnt thats why it has a number 1 next to Rangers when you search mlb.com>stats by team>Offense>AL….And Overall Pitching 11.yanks,12.cards,13.rangers…Hmm there all next to each other all made playoffs and they all have top notch offense

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Noo they didn’t thats why they have a #1 when you search on mlb, stats by team,offense,AL..and overall pitching 11.Yanks,12.Cards,13.Texas..hmm all next to each other and they all made the postseason and 2 of them made the WS

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

 what do you mean no they didnt? The yankees rangers and the cards aren’t top ten in siera? Also what stat cites the rangers as having the best offense?

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

MLb dot com search it…MLB dot com… Sortable team stats…offense..AL or MLB in general for that matter

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

so your basing it off AVG, which would mean the royals have a better offense than the yankees?
 

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

AVG,OBP,SLG,RUNS,STOLEN BASES,OPS,HR,RBI’s, etc Rangers are top 5 in almost everthing

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

Right but you said they were the best offense in their league.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Pretty much they are name another team that’s top 5 in almost every Offensive stat

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

The red sox the yankees

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Sox Choked and they where carried by Guys like A-gon,Jacoby.. Rangers lineup was complete maybe except Moreland.. But that lineup was just beast..They never relied on just one player to win the game for them

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

And ortiz and pedoira, both of which did better than kinsler and young. Not to mention youk had a fine offesive season. The rangers have a good offense, but their best hitter is injury prone actually most their hitters are injury prone, kinsler, cruz, beltre…

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Injury prone True.. And yet look at Boston they went all the way

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not sure what you are trying to say but if anything it hurts your argument…  The best offensive team missed the playoffs.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Actually no i saw 2 of the best offensive teams in the WS

jjs91
3 years 9 months ago

 Right but missed the chance to see the best offense in baseball in the postseason.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Okay with that right there i think you i think that i think offense is better than pitching.. And i never said that.. I said Angels have more than enough pitching and they need offense right now not pitching but offense.. If they get a big bat its all solved for the Halos

3 years 9 months ago

One season does not make offense the determining factor. I say again, the Rangers made it to the World Series because they had the best starting rotation of all 4 AL playoff teams. 

You might want to look up some of the Rangers teams that had even way better offense (Juan Gonzalez, Pudge, A-Roid) and struggled to even have a winning season.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Cj suck postseason so count him out… Holland pick up his game in the WS so pretty much count him out to..Hairson or w/e his name is sucked..only Beast pitcher they had was Colby.. Rotation no..Bullpen yes both teams cards,tex had one of the best pens in baseball..and what did i just finish telling you..”offense wins games,Defense wins championships”..Both teams had Beast offense..And there pitching aka Bullpen was enough to get them through the final round

wickedkevin
3 years 9 months ago

I hear Chone Figgins is available.

Khabibulan
3 years 9 months ago

Offense has some potential: Morales, Bourjos, Trumbo, Aybar, Kendrick, Trout (perhaps)can be nice for 2012.
Sketchy guys like Wells, Hunter, Abreu, Mathis, Callaspo cast doubt.
Dunno if the Angels could afford Aramis too, but that would help a lot in the short-term.

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah, but the offense is the problem there and curious why Anaheim would choose to go after Wilson when it is almost certain he will not return to Texas anyway.

As for rotations.. Philly is still not too shabby 1-4, neither is SF..Both after losing/trading Oswalt and Sanchez.

Dodgersarelife
3 years 9 months ago

I think the angels are better off trading for Gio Gonzalez

3 years 9 months ago

like where your head is at! who would you trade for Gio?

slider32
3 years 9 months ago

The best in baseball!

NathanielS
3 years 9 months ago

I wonder how Nolan Ryans face will hold up? 

3 years 9 months ago

He doesnt care. Wilson isnt worth what he’ll get.. Arte Moreno and the Angels are freaking morons

Wes9825
3 years 9 months ago

I agree, he’s not worth what dollars he will get, but morons should be defined as those who reach consecutive World Series and not closing the deal.

Again, he’d be the Angels #4 not their “ace.” Not a bad #4 at all, i think, and lefthanded.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

Wilson > Santana

3 years 9 months ago

I WANT TO GRAB JERRY AND ARTE: ” YOU GUYS NEED OFFENSE!!”

NathanielS
3 years 9 months ago

Keep pounding that Fielder drum, Prince.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Exactly how i feel

3 years 9 months ago

Wilson’s postseason was a little shaky, but he was dominant throughout the regular season. Dipoto is a former pitcher, so I have faith in his decisions on which free agent pitchers the Angels should target.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

He also GM’D the NL D’backs..And now Manages the AL Angels that play like NL team.. I think his goal is to make this team more NL like

3 years 9 months ago

spend the extra cash and sign Fielder. My goodness, Angels fans have been SCREAMING for an elite bat and now that there is one we go after pitching? WTF!?!  SIGN FIELDER!!!

renegadeisback
3 years 9 months ago

How exactly does Fielder fit in?
A) There is no way that Wells goes to the bench.
B) Mike Trout needs to play.
C) Angels already have Trumbo AND Morales.

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

Trout aint playing…Prince 1B, Morales Dh, Trumbo 3rd..and like taner says Morales shouldnt even be mentioned.. Angels should be signing as if Morales never existed..sorry to say but true…If morales does come 110% healthy then its a bonus

3 years 9 months ago

A)Trout isnt ready for MLB pitching and will be in the everyday lineup next year
B) Who’s Morales?
C)Trumbo is an OF or DH his D is isnt very good AND Fielder/Trumbo would be a very good DH/1B platoon.
d) Trade Abreu to the soon to be All Latin Team “The Miami Marlins”

Give Fielder 6-7 $160 plus money would have to made off Fielder.. I would think.. Arte needs to draw season seat holders, I don’t think another SP is going to help.. This offense is BORING

Nick Sossamon
3 years 9 months ago

Is there a bigger broken record on this site?  How you can say the same thing in the highest amount of posts possible is unbelievable.

3 years 9 months ago

You act like I’m the only one who wants Fielder or Pujols. Every site has “Sign Fielder” so, I guess, I’m trendy… Darn!

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, please by all means trade either Weaver or Haren and sign the biggest flop-in-the-making to a $100MM/7 year deal. You know you wanna!

3 years 9 months ago

Where did you get anything about trading Weaver or Haren out of this? The whole point of signing a pitcher like CJ is to add a fourth starter and stability to the back end of the rotation… if the Angels signed Wilson, and then traded away Weaver or Haren, they’d be worse off than where they were to begin with! 

dylanp5030
3 years 9 months ago

Who would you take?

Halladay, Lee, Hamels

Or

Weaver, Wilson, Haren

renegadeisback
3 years 9 months ago

Phillies.
Not close.

gradylittle
3 years 9 months ago

Yeah though I wouldn’t mind having the second choice either.

Mario Saavedra
3 years 9 months ago

 Phillies pitchers are older, and more expensive.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

They’re also going to finish 2, 3, and 5 in the Cy Young Race.

vtadave
3 years 9 months ago

Who cares? They are still performing pretty well, wouldn’t you say?

TXHC
3 years 9 months ago

And also exponentially better.

3 years 9 months ago

Name dropping.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Halladay, Lee, Hamels

3 years 9 months ago

Both. There are way too many variables to form a quick conclusion.

TXHC
3 years 9 months ago

Not sure if serious…

renegadeisback
3 years 9 months ago

Angels will sign Wilson to 6/120 and then trade Haren to Toronto for Eric Thames and Casey Janssen.

grownice
3 years 9 months ago

 Whoa whoa whoa… JUST Haren!?

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

be easy on him, he probably thinks Reagins is still GM.

jose gonzalez
3 years 9 months ago

I bet he signs for a hometown discount too.

Stonehands
3 years 9 months ago

For the Bat, go for Aramis Ramirez because you have Morales at 1st, and you could get Aramis and Wilson if you think you have enough money for Fielder

Salmon4Coach
3 years 9 months ago

A-ram might aswell put Trumbo he wil give offense maybe not as good as A-ram but his D can be better or worse or the same as A-ram..MOVE TRUMBO TO 3rd AND SIGN PRINCE!

Tj Kobold
3 years 9 months ago

Seriously.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

I feel bad for any team who signs C.J. Wilson for the amount of money which he wants. HE IS NOT WORTH IT. On second thought, I don’t really feel bad at all.

okbluejays
3 years 9 months ago

Hey man i’m all for the Yanks or BoSox blowing money on CJ.

3 years 9 months ago

If they can get CJ for less than $80 million, and it’s true that teams will no longer have to forfeit 1st round picks for signing type A free agents, then I don’t think this isn’t a bad signing…otherwise, I’d rather see the Angels save the money and draft pick, and go after Buehrle or maybe even Aaron Harang.

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

Angels have enough pitching. They need to add more offense.

Wes9825
3 years 9 months ago

That’s why you’re a Twins fan, you know nothing of our club. Name me one MLB team that can ever, EVER have enough pitching no matter who’s signing the checks or making deals.

P.S. – Not just hating on Twins, i think Gardenhire is THE best manager next to Scioscia, and some team will be happy with him when he’s gone from Minnesota.
 

MNTwins12
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t disagree with anything you said. (except maybe that Gardy is the best manager next to Scoiscia) You can never have enough pitching, I just think that the Angels have a solid rotation already. C.J. Wilson is not worth the contract he will receive, therefore it would be wise for the Angels to skip on him an use the money to improve their lineup.

3 years 9 months ago

You can never have enough pitching. 

In any given season, any team can score 650 runs, 750 runs, or 850 runs. Many teams throughout history have won championships while scoring within that wide range of runs; some even won it all scoring even less than 650. 

Pitching has MUCH smaller margin for error, which is why it should always be a GM’s first priority.

Cashman was even quoted saying starting pitching is always his first priority.

You have all this offense knocking the ball around the ballpark in a place like Texas, and if you take Napoli and even Cruz out of that lineup, they still rank pretty high in runs.

You take CJ out of that rotation, and suddenly the Rangers are back to being an 85 win or less team. 

They are lucky the Angels had such a horrible month of May and had a closer who blew 10 saves. Otherwise, all that offense of their’s wouldn’t matter.

If you go back in history, as far as I know, you’ll find that a LOT of the teams that won it all were in top 3 (usually 1 or 2) in fewest runs allowed. 

2002 Angels allowed the fewest runs in the AL, and that’s the #1 reason they won 99 games. They won the World Series because they got hot at the right time.

Always look for good pitching first.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Oh the Angels have serious interest in a player that might help them win games? they must actually be be preparing to trade for Barry Zito.

okbluejays
3 years 9 months ago

lol sounds like a move the Angels would make.

LightUptheHalo
3 years 9 months ago

I wonder if the Angels do sign Wilson if they look to trade Haren or Santana and a prospect for some offense.