CJ Wilson generating some early interest

Angels starter C.J. Wilson can be had in a trade, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported on Sunday. And industry sources said Monday that the veteran left-hander has generated some interest in the first day of the Winter Meetings.

At this point, though, a deal seems unlikely.

With so many starting pitchers available in free agency or via trade, and WIlson coming off his worst season as a starting pitcher, the Angels would have to eat a big chunk of the $38 million left in his deal over the next two years. And if they do trade Wilson, they would have to replace him.

The Angels are currently less than $10 million below the luxury-tax threshold and a Wilson trade could free up payroll flexibility to go after the top of the free-agent market. And with Jered Weaver now only two years away from free agency, a long-term contract could make sense.

But Wilson’s value probably won’t get any higher until those top-tier free agents come off the board.

Oh the irony.

— Alden Gonzalez

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