Marlins make substantial offer to Wilson
DALLAS — Don’t discount the Marlins’ efforts to add another high-profile free agent pitcher.
On Wednesday night, team officials met with left-hander C.J. Wilson at the Hilton Anatole. The Marlins, according to a source, have a “substantial” six-year offer on the table. The total package is believed to be in the $80 million range.
The question is whether the deal is enough to convince Wilson to sign with Miami instead of the Angels, who have presented a five-year deal. The Angels contract is said to have a higher annual average, but not as many years.
Wilson is from California, and if he signs with the Angels, he would have the comfort of going home. The Marlins are hoping to convince the southpaw to give South Florida a chance.
The Marlins on Wednesday reached agreement with Mark Buehrle on the same day they officially signed Jose Reyes. And on Monday, closer Heath Bell signed for three years. If they add Wilson, they would complete one of the most active Winter Meetings by any team in recent memory.
There are reports that Wilson is leaning towards signing with the Angels. But the Marlins are hoping that his face-to-face meeting with team officials will sway him towards South Beach.
– Joe Frisaro