C.J. Wilson is currently the best pitcher on the free agent market, and he could probably use a break after making 39 starts this year. Paul Salfen of Scoreboard Daily caught up with Wilson on Saturday; here are some highlights.
- Asked the chances he'll be back with the Rangers next year, Wilson replied, "Yeah, there’s a great chance because I like it here and I’ve won here." He added later, "It’s now all about figuring out how all of the guys on the team – not just me – there’s Elvis, Nelson, Josh, Ian – a lot of guys have contractual things that are coming up. I think one thing the Rangers want me to know is what they’re planning on doing with all of these other guys in the long term. So that gives me confidence that we’re going to keep winning."
- Wilson expects the Rangers and other teams to call, but doesn't think there will be an actual offer for a while. He is not expecting a quick resolution.
- On ESPN's Galloway and Company show yesterday, Rangers president Nolan Ryan said, "You don't really know what that market is going to be. That market will develop as we go forward. Do I think we'll be competitive? Yeah, I do. I think we'll be competitive." Earlier this month, SI's Jon Heyman wrote there's little chance the Rangers get close to a five-year, $75MM offer for Wilson.
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