C.J. Wilson ‘very close’ to deal with Angels?

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Now that the Miami Marlins have ditched out of the Albert Pujols bidding war, the team has turned its attention to signing pitchers. It nabbed Mark Buehrle Wednesday during the day and was schedule to meet with C.J. Wilson Wednesday night.

Wilson was also scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday night. Things must have gone well there because the Bergen Record reports that Wilson is "very close" to signing with the Angels. Fox Sports has it that the Marlins offered a six-year deal to Wilson and the Angels offered five, but Wilson is liking the idea of playing in the state he grew up in.

One thing Angels manager Mike Scioscia likes about Wilson is that he's only been a starter for the last two of his seven big-league seasons: "Maybe a little less wear and tear on his arm pitching as a starter than some other guys," Scioscia said, according to MLB.com. "I think the prospects [are] of him being able to continue to adapt and be effective even when there's maybe a little velocity."

The Texas Rangers are also still trying to retain Wilson, MLB.com reports.

UPDATE: The Angels ended up signing both Pujols and Wilson.

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