Los Angeles Angels Sign C.J. Wilson for Five Years, Steal Winter Meetings Thunder
The Los Angeles Angels have had a pretty good day. In fact, they just stole the stage from the talent-hoarding Miami Marlins.
After snatching up Albert Pujols in one of the gaudiest bidding wars in the history of baseball, the Angels also snagged top free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson Thursday morning at the winter meetings in Dallas.
The left-hander will earn $77.5 million over the next five seasons in Anaheim, joining what has now become the most ridiculous rotation in the American League with Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, and Ervin Santana. Holy crap that's a lot of aces. Hopefully Wilson can figure out how to pitch in the postseason.
The hard-throwing 31-year-old, who grew up in Southern California and always wanted to pitch for the Angels, went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA and 206 strikeouts last season, leading the Texas Rangers to their second consecutive World Series appearance. However, in 10 career playoff games (nine starts) Wilson is 1-5 with a 4.82 ERA in 52.1 innings.
This news sucks for the Texas on all fronts. Not only have they lost their ace, but they've lost him to a division rival. General manager Thad Levine gets it:
"A three-peat for the Rangers just got a whole lot tougher."
Happy Holidays, Angels fans.