Texas Rangers left-hander C.J. Wilson is a prime target among free-agent pitchers, now that C.C. Sabathia has reworked his contract with the New York Yankees.
Wilson hits the open market Thursday and there has been speculation he will join Sabathia with the Yanks.
But Wilson, who turns 31 on Nov. 18, also says there is a "great chance" he returns to Texas.
"I like it here and I've won here," Wilson told ScoreboardDaily.com. "I've proved that I can be a good pitcher here. There have been a lot of people over the years that have said it's impossible to pitch here in Texas, and look what we did here on the rotation -- we went out and won a bunch of games and threw a bunch of innings and did stuff that no other organization can say."
Wilson was 16-7 with a 2.94 earned-run average in 2011, although he struggled during the playoffs with a 0-3 record and 5.79 ERA.
CASHMAN STAYS PUT
Brian Cashman has a new three-year contract to remain general manager of the New York Yankees, the team said Tuesday.
Cashman, 44, has been on the job since 1998, helping the Yankees to four World Series titles and six American League pennants. His previous contract expired on Monday.
Cashman has the third-longest tenure among current MLB GMs.
C.C. Sabathia has added a minimum of $30 million to his long-term contract.
And now the left-handed pitcher might lose 30 pounds. Well, 25 pounds anyway.
Sabathia -- who was listed at 6-foot-7 and 290 pounds this past season by the Yankees -- has rejected a chance at free agency, signing an amended contract late Monday with New York that will pay him $25 million US for an extra season (2016) and an option for $30 million for 2017. The Yankees can buy out the final year for $5 million.
In 2009, Sabathia signed a seven-year, $161-million contract with the Yankees that gave him an opt-out clause after the third year. He will make $23 million each of the next four seasons.
Sabathia lost an estimated 25 pounds before the 2011 season to get below 300 pounds thanks to an unusual diet: "Not eating Cap'n Crunch every day."
But by the end of the season, it appeared he had put those pounds back on -- and then some.
After signing his new deal, Sabathia said he would "be proactive" about getting into shape.
"I just need to go out and be healthy and try to do what I can to be up there for every start for this team," he said. "For me, that means losing weight, so that's what I'll do."
Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam Tuesday to lead MLB to a 7-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the opener of the Taiwan All-Star Series.
The five-game event pits a team of MLB stars against the Chinese Taipei national team.
Tuesday's game was stopped after the top of the sixth inning because of rain. Granderson's homer came in the third inning.
It is unlikely that outfielder Magglio Ordonez and infielder Carlos Guillen will return to the Detroit Tigers, general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday ... Carlos Beltran, who is set to become a sought-after free agent, is now represented by Dan Lozano after dropping agent Scott Boras. Beltran hit .323 with seven homers in 44 games with the San Francisco Giants after being acquired from the New York Mets ... Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is nearing a tentative settlement with MLB in which he would sell the team and stadium for about $1 billion, the Los Angeles Times reports.