Report: Angels could deal Wilson, go for another arm
There wouldn’t seem to be a huge trade market for Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, considering he’s 34 years old, is owed $38 million over the next two seasons and is coming off a disappointing 2014.
Nonetheless, the Angels have made Wilson available, according to a report from CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, who brings up the possibility that such a move could clear payroll for a run at another pitcher, perhaps free agents Max Scherzer or James Shields. The Angels’ starting pitching is thin, so it follows that any trade of Wilson would have to lead toward the addition of at least one other arm.
Wilson was solid for the Angels in 2013, his second season with the club, going 17-7 with a 3.39 ERA. Last year, however, he dropped to 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA, and he led the league with 85 walks, issuing 4.4 per nine innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio dropped to 1.8. Manager Mike Scioscia also pulled Wilson after he gave up three runs over two-thirds of an inning in Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Royals. Heyman also reports that the Angels don’t want to eat any of Wilson’s salary in a possible deal.
One thing Wilson does have going for him is durability, as he’s made at least 31 starts in five consecutive seasons, though he threw only 175 2/3 innings last year after topping 200 in each of the previous four campaigns.
— Andrew Simon