Angels the frontrunners for C.J.?

That’s the word from late Monday night, where Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted that the Angels “have emerged as favorites for C.J. Wilson.” The Halos were reportedly meeting with Wilson’s agent late Monday night, Day 1 of the Winter Meetings from Dallas, and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com said via Twitter that the Angels were making a “serious push” to sign him.

Earlier in the day, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that five teams were in on Wilson and one of them had made a six-year offer (though the identity of that team never really materialized). Wilson, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., had dinner with new Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto and long-time skipper Mike Scioscia in late November. DiPoto and Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, also met during  the General Managers Meetings in Milwaukee.

Asked about paying Wilson something higher than the five-year, $85 million extension Jered Weaver signed in August, Dipoto said that thought would “certainly create some hesitancy.” As it usual is with negotiations like these, though, this is a very fluid situation. Wilson could be lured by the prospect of pitching close to where he grew up, and if they still want to improve their offense after the signing, the Angels could do so via the trade market.

The Nationals, Marlins, Red Sox and Rangers have also been said to have strong interest. According to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, Texas plans to make its first offer to C.J. on Tuesday.

Alden

7 Comments

We could sure use Wilson,but we have a greater need at 3B;a MR.Ramirez Ibelieve.

Signing Wilson opens a lot of trade possibilities for the Angels. Santana and his almost 12 million dollar contract could be moved… maybe packaged with Abreu’s bad contract to lose another 9 million. But even if it is Santana alone, they could trade him for a young pitcher like the Yankees’ rookie stud left-hander Banuelos, who would go into the rotation for very little money, make them younger, and with the money saved sign Ramirez to play third. They would still have money left to sign at least one bullpen arm. I trust what Dipoto is doing.

I can’t seeing Wilson more than Weaver. That would be a slap in the face to Weaver after he agreed to stay with the Angels and avoid free agency.

Ya, they might have to be very careful of that.

Weaver knew he could have gotten more had he left via free agency. He wanted to play close to home and in southern california. More than that, he wants to win a World Series and signing Wilson makes the Angels a better team so I bet Weaver would be happy if they got him regardless of the fact that he may make more than Weaver.

“How much money do you need? I’ve never played this game for money. I play it for love and for championships.” Jered Weaver

I’m sorry but Weaver is TOP DOGG!… no way u give wilson more then 70-75mil 4 or 5 years… his not even a number 2! on ur staff.. c’mon MAN!

Add CJ and winning will be that much easier.

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