Angels Sign C.J. Wilson

Lefty C.J. Wilson will join Albert Pujols in Los Angeles, as the Angels continue a surprising free agent spending spree.  The Halos completed a deal with Wilson today, learned Joel Sherman of the New York Post.  It's a five-year, $77.5MM contract, according to ESPN's Karl Ravech, bringing the Angels' tally to $331.5MM on the last day of the 2011 Winter Meetings.  The contract includes a full no-trade clause in the first two years and partial in the last three, tweets Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.  Wilson is represented by Bob Garber of Select Sports Group.

WilsonWilson, a 31-year-old Fountain Valley, California native, will earn $10MM in 2012, $11MM in '13, $16MM in '14, $18MM in '15, and $20MM in '16, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas (via Twitter). The remaining $2.5MM makes up the southpaw's signing bonus.

Wilson posted a 2.94 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 0.64 HR/9, and 49.3% groundball rate in 223 1/3 innings this year.  He added another 28 innings in the postseason.  Including the playoffs, Wilson has tallied a massive 479 2/3 innings over 76 starts since being converted back to a starter in 2010.  Aside from perhaps the recently-posted Yu Darvish, Wilson was the best available pitcher this offseason.  Wilson, who has a popular Twitter page, joins a stellar Angels rotation that includes Dan Haren, Jered Weaver, and Ervin Santana.  Weaver had signed a five-year, $85MM extension in August, and it seemed like the Angels couldn't justify giving Wilson more.

The Rangers reportedly topped out at four years in their bid to retain Wilson, though they never made a formal offer and according to the player, weren't close.  The Rangers will receive the Angels' second-round draft pick and a supplemental choice as compensation.  GM Jon Daniels appears to already be exploring alternatives such as Darvish and Matt Garza.  The Marlins were heavily in the mix for Wilson, reportedly making the best offer at $98-99MM over six years.  In fact, Garber said the Marlins "would not let it go" and Wilson could easily have gotten $100MM.

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316 Comments on "Angels Sign C.J. Wilson"


3 years 8 months ago

They have got to be pushing the Yankees for highest payroll in baseball now. Holy cow!

3 years 8 months ago

Bombshell

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

Break up the Angels!!!

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Not even close. Even with the Wells albatross, the Pujols signing and now Wilson, they’re at absolute tops at around $150 right now (And that’s assuming a deal approaching $20 million annually for Wilson which I can’t see as even a remote possibility).

Tbell16
3 years 8 months ago

Buster Onley said their payroll would be around 170 million

3 years 8 months ago

So that would have to put them @ #2 then behind the Yankees? The Phillies are right around 170 aren’t they? Is Boston up in that neck of the woods?

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Grade school math thinks Olney is wrong. Cot’s has them at $103 committed for 2012 (Which accounts for Weaver’s extension) and adding Pujols and Wilson at $26 and $15.5 a piece brings them to roughly $145. Unless they inexplicably end up having to give Morales a $20 odd million arbitration raise for sitting on the DL or Callaspo gets a big reward, I don’t see how Olney is getting $170 million.

Michael Leon
3 years 8 months ago

That $103M that you are citing from Cot’s doesn’t include $3 for Hawkins, $3M for Aybar, ~$3M for Morales, $2M for Callaspo plus ~$400k each for the minimum players that will round out the payroll (such as Bourjos and Trumbo). Nor does it have Howie Kendrick.  That should bring them to about $162M plus arbitration raises for quite a few players.  The 2012 payroll seems like it would be closer to $170M than $150M.

3 years 8 months ago

Wells, Weaver, Hunter, Haren, and Santana account for $77M alone.
Add in $25M for Pujols and $15.5M for Wilson and you’re at $117.5M and still have 18 players to pay.

4 more players are signed for $20M (including Abreu & Kazmir buyouts).  We’re now at $137.5M and still have 14 players to go.
5 players are arbitration eligible that made an average of $2.6M last year.  Assuming the avg for these guys comes out around $3.1M, that’s another $15.5M. (Now up to $153M and 9 players to go)

Assuming these 9 guys get league minimum, you’re looking at another $4M there.  Ending up around $157M.  This would assume that the Angels are completely done adding players.

Personally, as a life long Rangers fan, these 2 signings SUCK!

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

I didn’t figure by AAV, and this isn’t exact because it’s using last years salaries for the arb/pre-arb guys, but I’ve got them at slightly over $159M right now.

wrestlingcritic
3 years 8 months ago

theyre looking at about $185M Yanks are still ahead by probably $10-15M

jza1218
3 years 8 months ago

This possibly could change though if they move Torii Hunter’s contract or are able to move Vernon Wells by including cash and prospects.

55saveslives
3 years 8 months ago

HAHAHA Wait until they make the playoffs and C.J gives up 8 runs!!

jordan4giants
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, but the’ll still have that damn monkey! 

Mario Saavedra
3 years 8 months ago

 Well, the Rangers wouldn’t had made the playoffs without Wilson

3 years 8 months ago

CJ wouldn’t even have to pitch in the playoffs.

3 years 8 months ago

He’s are number 4, guy! He’ll be lucky to make the playoff roster on this team. 

Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

Wilson is better than Santana, he should be the 3 on that staff.

3 years 8 months ago

I really don’t agree with that but to each his own.

Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

Care to say why?  In the two years that Wilson has been a starter he’s been better than Santana in almost every single pitching statistic.  The only thing that Santana has done better than Wilson in the last two years is walk one less batter per inning (only in the ’10 season) and had a better IP/GS ratio, by .5

Oh and Wilson has done this pitching in one of the worst parks to pitch in, while Santana has done it pitching at Angels stadium, which I believe is pitcher friendly.

Yankees420
3 years 8 months ago

Wilson is better than Santana, he should be the 3 on that staff.

3 years 8 months ago

who cares about CJ Wilson he sucks glad he is dead and gone out of Texas He sucks just like the whole Angle team the team cant just rely on the Big mexican Albert Pujols TEXAS RANGERS all the WAY!!!!!!!!!

3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure the Pujols signing put him over the edge.

3 years 8 months ago

I hate the Angels , friggin capitalist´s

3 years 8 months ago

Jelous lmfao

MarinersFan24
3 years 8 months ago

I’m sure he’s not jealous of your spelling. 😉

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 8 months ago

Hate the Yankees first then

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Figures that in a conversation in which a non-Yankee team just spent $335 mil on 2 players that somehow, Yankee hate would rear it’s ugly head. Smh and saying wtf?

3 years 8 months ago

I’m sorry, when is it not a good time to hate the Yankees?

3 years 8 months ago

1) How much are you paying your top 2 players? $52M.
2) Yankees have been using big bucks to draw star players for WAY longer than the rest of the league.
3) Mazzaro’s point was 110% valid, no matter how much you didn’t like it.
4) The real person to blame is Tom Hicks.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

And again, what does the actions of the ANGELS have to do with wanting to hate the YANKEES more than you did 1 minute before this announcement? Get a life. 

So Mazzaro’s “hate the Yankees” because the Angels signed CJ and Pujols makes sense to you?

Kill yourself. 

3 years 8 months ago

1) learn what reading comprehension is
2) learn what capitalism is
3) learn what (less than, greater than) is
4) Mazzaro’s “hate the Yankees first” post was directed at someone else who implied that they hate the Angels based solely on capitalism.

when it comes to capitalism Yankees > Angels,  therefore, hatred based on capitalism should be Yankees FIRST, then anyone else you want to hate.

5) your lack of intelligence shows, and I am sorry for you.
6) a 6th grader could have schooled you on this.
7) seriously? telling people to kill themselves because you have an inferiority complex?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

1-2) I know what both mean.
3) Not sure where I demonstrated an inability to know what “” mean.

For ex. I know that my logic is > than yours.

4) Who and what he was referring to weren’t lost on me. Point is still valid. Yankees didn’t invent capitalism. 

5) A person shows their ignorance when they confuse a difference of opinion with a “wrong or right” argument. Please don’t pity me, my intellect certainly doesn’t come into question in this or any other forum, especially from the likes of you.

6) ??????

7) I suppose you thought I meant to “literally” commit suicide, huh? Get real. I don’t even know you, so what reasons would I have to feel inferior to you? 

***Feeling the need to hate anyone because they spend or have more than you flies in the face of what makes America great. The sooner you accept that then you’ll be a happier person. Unless you’re a slacker who still lives with his mom. In that case…..kill your self (aka…shut up).

Brad426
3 years 8 months ago

Somebody actually LIKED that statement? Appalling.

tdot32
3 years 8 months ago

indirectly, by the yankees overpaying for all of the top free agent(s) that come along every offseason, it forces the rest of the league to either overpay themselves, or face the consequence of having the yankees buy out all of the best players on the free agent market. so this trend of spending too much on top players like Wilson and Pujols is a result of the yankees spending.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Look…the Yanks DO spend big but for the most part they are spending for talents that are either some of the best at their craft (Arod, Mo, Jeter (1st contract), Giambi, Sabathia) or were not market setting deals that may or may not have turned out well (AJ, Pavano, etc).

THE BIG problem if you want to point fingers is when mediocre guys are paid a kings’ ransom (see Zito, Soriano, Wells, Rios, Rowand, Park, etc).

Ppl can say all they want about what the Yanks signed Sabathia for but to ignore the Santana deal which was proceeded by the Zito deal which was proceeded by the Hampton deal is just plain ignorant.

it’s not HOW much you spend as much as it is WHO you spend it on.

Look at Arod. He was the best in the game when he signed the 10/$250 deal. That was record setting. It took Pujols almost a decade before he eclipsed it and he did so by a couple of mil. No one is upset with that, the market won’t be affected.

It’s a offseason like LAST year when Werth signed for $126 mil and was followed by Crawford at $141 that set precedent for non-elite players and throws the market into flux.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Look…the Yanks DO spend big but for the most part they are spending for talents that are either some of the best at their craft (Arod, Mo, Jeter (1st contract), Giambi, Sabathia) or were not market setting deals that may or may not have turned out well (AJ, Pavano, etc).

THE BIG problem if you want to point fingers is when mediocre guys are paid a kings’ ransom (see Zito, Soriano, Wells, Rios, Rowand, Park, etc).

Ppl can say all they want about what the Yanks signed Sabathia for but to ignore the Santana deal which was proceeded by the Zito deal which was proceeded by the Hampton deal is just plain ignorant.

it’s not HOW much you spend as much as it is WHO you spend it on.

Look at Arod. He was the best in the game when he signed the 10/$250 deal. That was record setting. It took Pujols almost a decade before he eclipsed it and he did so by a couple of mil. No one is upset with that, the market won’t be affected.

It’s a offseason like LAST year when Werth signed for $126 mil and was followed by Crawford at $141 that set precedent for non-elite players and throws the market into flux.

Guest
3 years 8 months ago

Good lord you are a retard, and this is coming from a Sox fan.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Figures that in a conversation in which a non-Yankee team just spent $335 mil on 2 players that somehow, Yankee hate would rear it’s ugly head. Smh and saying wtf?

3 years 8 months ago

Lol-hilarious

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

WOW…Rangers are toast! That is one SICK rotation! Congrats to the fans, Christmas came way early this year!

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t say toast, but this clearly makes the Angels the favorite for the division for the time being. The only way the Rangers get back into the discussion right now is by signing Fielder AND Darvish.

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

So you’re basically agreeing with me then

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Toast =/= not favorites. Everyone said they were toast when the Rangers lost Lee and they made it back to the World Series. The Angels are the favorites for their DIVISION with this move, but I certainly wouldn’t count the Rangers out of the running. There’s still the Wild Card and they could always surprise the Angels for the division.

Basically, I’m arguing the middle ground. The Angels improved dramatically to the point they’re the on paper favorites, but the Red Sox were the on paper favorites this time last year, soooo…

3 years 8 months ago

so wait just because the Angels signed Albert and CJ the rangers are toast am I missing something or did you throw 90+ win Texas in the trash

3 years 8 months ago

Texas is still good and has one of the best farms in the buisness they will likely try to trade for Gonzalez,Jurrjens or even Garza

3 years 8 months ago

Texas is still good and has one of the best farms in the buisness they will likely try to trade for Gonzalez,Jurrjens or even Garza

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

When did I say they’re toast? I said the Angels are now the on-paper favorites to win the division, which they clearly are. They signed the offseasons best pitcher and best position player and the Rangers lost their best pitcher. Unless the Rangers sign Darvish, they’ve taken a step back while the Angels have taken a monumental step forward. Pujols alone puts the Angels on even footing with the Rangers having lost Wilson, adding Wilson WHILE subtracting him from Texas puts them over. The pair of them alone were worth a full 11 WAR last year.

Anything can happen and there’s no winning the WS on paper, but the Angels are now in a better position than the Rangers for the time being.

3 years 8 months ago

The Angels have just picked up 8 Wins from Pujols and 6.5 wins from CJ Wilson (over Pineiro).
Based on WAR, the Rangers now will need to win 101 games to clinch the division.

3 years 8 months ago

little to early to make that declaration. I believe A’s fans about this time were saying they were also gonna win it. Offseason isnt done yet. 

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

The Angels just added a guy who averages 8 wins a season at 1st base. Another guy who has provided 5 wins on average over the past 2 years into the rotation. They subtracted Jeff Mathis and replaced him with a catcher that is a huge upgrade. Those moves alone could easily add 15 additional wins. 

Now they can trade Trumbo and Morales. They can move Abreu. They can discuss Santana leaving. That’s a boat load of talent that could be coming our way. Trout should be up with the club before long. 

I shutter to think how the team might look in 5 years but for 2012 the Angels have to be the clear favorites in the AL West and depending on what they do with trades, maybe even the entire AL.

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

If they trade Santana, though, that would be like swapping Santana for Wilson — not a huge upgrade. And it would be a bad idea to trade Morales until he proves he’s healthy — they wouldn’t get much for him right now. So, I bet they trade Trumbo and Abreu for prospects/salary relief.

3 years 8 months ago

If they trade Ervin they will get a lot more in return. Abreu isn’t going to bring much hes a dump. Trading Trumbo gives them little salary relief, but agood return. Trading Ervin in this market for pitching makes sense.

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

But who would be their 4th starter then? What I’m saying is that they’re not going to be able to trade Santana for a MLB-ready pitcher who is better than Santana, so there’d be a drop-off for 2012 at the #4 spot in the rotation, thereby diminishing the value of signing Wilson (only talking about 2012…). But of course they’d get a nice haul of prospects for Santana, so that would be an upgrade long-term. Also, they’d get salary relief if they ate, say, $4M of Abreu’s contract and traded him for a low-level prospect. They don’t really have anywhere to play Trumbo, so might as well trade him.

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

If they trade Santana, though, that would be like swapping Santana for Wilson — not a huge upgrade. And it would be a bad idea to trade Morales until he proves he’s healthy — they wouldn’t get much for him right now. So, I bet they trade Trumbo and Abreu for prospects/salary relief.

3 years 8 months ago

Everyone will overrate the Angels now.I admit there good and they do have Trout coming up and just acquired probably the best hitter in baseball aswell as C.J but you cant just say ah Texas is junk.Trust me I bet Daniels is on the phone with several clubs now

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

ONE guy is saying Texas is junk (And honestly, I think he was only doing it to make a pun about Texas Toast, which is admittedly very tasty). The Angels being the best team on paper in the AL West and the Rangers still being a great team are not mutually exclusive.

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

I think you’re giving our triple hops addled friend a bit too much credit there, but I like Texas Toast as well.

The signings by the Angels aren’t bad either.  Paper means nothing though, as our favorite “greatest team ever” showed.  With the additional wildcard the postseason becomes even more about which team is hot at the right time.  All the Rangers have to do is make it in, and anything can happen.  No doubt the division race just got extremely tight though.

Justanotherfantoo
3 years 8 months ago

Texas’ bid for Darvish, which was already going to be very high, just got a lot higher.

3 years 8 months ago

Everyone will overrate the Angels now.I admit there good and they do have Trout coming up and just acquired probably the best hitter in baseball aswell as C.J but you cant just say ah Texas is junk.Trust me I bet Daniels is on the phone with several clubs now

0bsessions
3 years 8 months ago

Too many words, might I suggest editing to:

“They subtracted Jeff Mathis and that is a huge upgrade.”
“They subtracted Jeff Mathis and replaced him with a catcher.”

Either one gets the same point across.

oz10
3 years 8 months ago

I still find it hilarious that a .238 hitter is a huge upgrade at catcher.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 8 months ago

but all the a’s organization does is spin “cheap” into “smart”, fans and extreme saber’s eat it up, then the season starts, the players actually have to play games, and the field of fail replays itself.

$3513744
3 years 8 months ago

They beat them by 10 games last year.  I’d hardly say they’re toast, especially since transactions aren’t quite done yet and the season hasn’t even started.  It’ll definitely make things more competitive.

Jon Gowen
3 years 8 months ago

Toast, dude, really? you think our throw away pitcher completes your rotation that we owned last year? Keep dreaming, ever heard the term, “Jump The Shark” now you’ll remember where you were the moment the angels did.

3 years 8 months ago

I’m not sure about toast, but definitely buttered.

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

x-mas came early for the angels

Neil Guzman
3 years 8 months ago

Damn…way to go out with a bang, Winter Meetings…

Lastings
3 years 8 months ago

The rich, just got richer…

3 years 8 months ago

jelous lol

Taylor Haberle
3 years 8 months ago

what!??!??!

MLB_in_the_Know
3 years 8 months ago

I am of the group that believes CJ isn’t nearly as good as his numbers are. I think this will be a deal that turns bad sooner rather than later. 

3 years 8 months ago

true they did kinda over pay him

3 years 8 months ago

your assessment is correct. he’s had issues with innings over the past two years, and has not performed well in the playoffs. i wouldn’t be surprised to see him have serious arm issues soon. and i think nolan ryan didn’t pursue him because of this. he’s a stretched out closer, and i’d be concerned, especially with such a lucrative and lengthy deal.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 8 months ago

Well, he certainly showed signs of fatigue at the end of the year. He has always been walk-prone

3 years 8 months ago

I’m with you. The guy has been a SP for 2 years. For me, he is a # 3 who will be overpaid. But, it doesn’t hurt to take him from the Rangers if you are an Angels fan

3 years 8 months ago

He’s a #4 or #5 if you put him on the Phillies. 😛

Mikey Roederer
3 years 8 months ago

I have to agree with you, thankfully for him people tend to have short term memories only…This is going to end up like Lackey and Burnett by year 3

chico65
3 years 8 months ago

I was a little disappointed that the terms weren’t 5/82.5.  Would have been more fitting.  Who knows, maybe Arte’s superstitious and that’s why they didn’t?

imachainsaw
3 years 8 months ago

he doesn’t have to be an ace. weaver and haren still are ahead of him in line.

3 years 8 months ago

yeah no way he’s sustaining that HR/9, and I’m not willing to believe he all of a sudden can shave a full walk off his BB/9. You never know, but he’ll probably get hurt before we find out.

bjsguess
3 years 8 months ago

Which numbers? His ERA? His sparkling FIP? He’s moving into a better pitchers environment playing in front of just as good of a defense. Saying he isn’t as good as his numbers suggest is just another way of saying, “I’m a pissed of Rangers fan.”

See how easy it is: “Josh Hamilton’s numbers are bloated”. “Nelson Cruz got lucky”. 

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

Also, now he’ll be pitching AGAINST the Rangers on a regular basis, rather than against the (pre-Pujols, pre-Ianetta) Angels.

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Pujols and Wilson and ?, Oh My.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 8 months ago

Making us Yankees look like the pre 2011 Marlins.

3 years 8 months ago

Gonna be a tough pill to swallow for the whole AL though having to face Albert in the playoffs will be harsh

MB923
3 years 8 months ago

Yes it will. I’m going to the Yankees opening home game next year and they are playing……….the Angels. First time I get to see the machine.

3 years 8 months ago

Gonna be a tough pill to swallow for the whole AL though having to face Albert in the playoffs will be harsh

3 years 8 months ago

no way!! I hope Texas enjoyed those 2 trips to the WS because they won’t be going back for a loooooong time….

3 years 8 months ago

And neither will the Angels with their current bullpen. 

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins suck.

mistermonkey
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, Jordan Walden, Scott Downs and LaTroy Hawkins suck.

tdot32
3 years 8 months ago

they have a pretty good bullpen. this isn’t a yankee posting you know 😛

LA
3 years 8 months ago

Rangers and Angels just renew great rivalry. Rangers took Napoli last year and now Angels take Wilson. The teams I feel really bad for is the Astros, Mariners and the A’s…

Kurisu Rg
3 years 8 months ago

Astros fans after hearing about move to the AL West: “Well, at least we don’t have to play Pujols every year”.
MLBTR: “Angels to Sign Pujols”
Astros fans: FFFFFFFUUUUU.jpg

3 years 8 months ago

That’s exactly what I was thinking at work and my dad sending me a text saying the same thing!

inleylandwetrust
3 years 8 months ago

Wow. What a day!

Jason3501
3 years 8 months ago

Wow, Angels doing work.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

HOLY $^$&*%*&#&$^&*#$* HAHAH UNREALLLL!

LA
3 years 8 months ago

your doing the same comments again to just get “likes”
haha get a life bro..

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

 Wanna Fide About it?!

mwagner26
3 years 8 months ago

I just wanna say, that you’re my favorite troll on here.

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

It was just meant to be funny , cuz i literally had the same reaction when Wilson signed , so i thought it would be funny to post the same reaction… people are so senstive lol But i appreciate it the love!

LA
3 years 8 months ago

Can’t fight about it when your behind a computer screen..SMH

grownice
3 years 8 months ago

Woooooosh

FamousGrouse
3 years 8 months ago

You will all like this one more

HOLY $^$*#$* HAHAH UNREALLL!

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 8 months ago

I liked the original better.

E Scalez
3 years 8 months ago

ALL YOUR FREE AGENTS ARE BELONG TO US

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

 haha nice

Jorge Linares
3 years 8 months ago

Wow, angels on fire.

jb226
3 years 8 months ago

Angels have certainly put themselves back into strong contention with these moves (whether they are ultimately well-advised or not), and the Rangers have to be feeling the pressure.  I’d expect the Rangers to step up on both Garza and Darvish, with a preference toward Darvish — but if he gets poached by the Yankees or somebody like that, the urge to make a deal will be huge.  Can only be a good thing for me as a Cubs fan!

Henry Sanchez
3 years 8 months ago

angels just won the offseason, signed best hitter and best pitcher on market

3 years 8 months ago

im guessing you totally forgot the Marlins signed Reyes,Bell and Buerhle they havent won. The Marlins will be all in on Fielder since they did not get Wilson ill promise u that