Rumor: C.J. Wilson Looking at the Angels

C.J. Wilson an Angel?  Apparently Jerry Dipoto likes the idea.  According to reports the new GM spent an extended amount of time speaking with Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, at the GM meetings in Milwaukee.  Now whether there is an offer on the table is unknown at this time, but Wilson is surely going to give the Angels a look.  The soon to be 31-year-old Fountain Valley native may even give the Angels a hometown discount.

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Wilson has proven over the last two seasons that he is one of the best starting pitchers in the American League.  Since moving from the bullpen he has a record of 31-15 with a 3.14 ERA.  Durability hasn’t been an issue either.  The righty has made 67 starts the past two years.  Just to numb your minds with some more statistics, the Rangers ace finished eighth in the AL with five wins above replacement this year.  Jered Weaver was good for 1.6 more than him.

As an Angel, Wilson would serve as either the second or third starter for Mike Scioscia’s squad, forming a rotation that may be better than the one the Phillies put together last off-season.  Acquiring Wilson would deal the Rangers a major blow by leaving them without an ace in a thin free-agent market.  Having him compete against them on a regular basis is worse than what Angels fans were forced to endure with Mike Napoli.

There is no denying that this would be a great move for the Angels, but one has to wonder if acquiring Wilson would mean even more change for the Halos.  Having a dominant rotation would be great, but as the Phillies experiment proved it doesn’t always lead to a title.  Dipoto must realize that moves need to be made offensively for the Angels to be championship contenders.

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Wilson makes a player like Ervin Santana expendable.  He certainly holds a lot of trade value after the way he closed out the season and while fans may not want to see him go he may be the key to luring a big bat to Anaheim.  Putting Santana in a package deal with some prospects could be very attractive to a team like the Mets, who are rumored to be willing to get rid of David Wright for the right players.  A move like that would almost certainly end the Angels recent playoff drought and make them legitimate World Series players.

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