Angels also land C.J. Wilson
By SPORTS NETWORK
|C.J. Wilson pitches to the St. Louis Cardinals. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)
DALLAS, TEXAS - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have made another huge addition to their roster, agreeing to terms with pitcher C.J. Wilson.
After shocking the baseball world with the signing of Albert Pujols on Thursday morning, the Angels agreed to pay $77.5 million over five years for Wilson.
Pujols' 10-year contract will pay him between $250-260 million, according to reports.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed during a Thursday press conference that the team has a deal in place with both players, pending physicals. Terms of the contracts were not discussed by Dipoto.
"It's a very exciting day for the Angels community and for Southern California as a whole," Dipoto said. "We're very excited about what this can do for our future and what it means to this organization today."
The Marlins were trying to get Pujols and Wilson, but Miami has instead signed shortstop Jose Reyes and left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle.
The 31-year-old Wilson comes to Los Angeles after spending the first seven years of his career with the Texas Rangers.
Wilson is coming off a career year in 2011, when he went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA in 34 starts. He also recorded 206 strikeouts in 223 1/3 innings while being selected to his first All-Star game.
Texas turned the left-hander into a full-time starter prior to the 2010 season. He posted a 15-8 mark and 3.35 ERA in 33 starts that year.
"C.J. Wilson has been one of the premier starting pitchers in the American League over the last two years," Dipoto said. "We felt like it was a fantastic opportunity, for us, to add a quality left-handed starter to our lineup."
In 325 career games -- 73 starts -- Wilson has posted a 43-35 record with 52 saves, 46 holds and a 3.60 ERA.