DALLAS, Tx. – The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have made their second splash of the day on Thursday signing C.J. Wilson for five years and $77.5 million. The No. 1 pitcher on the free agent market and the best lefty is headed to the rival of his former team, as he will remain in the AL West. Moments after signing one of the greatest hitters of all-time in Albert Pujols, the Angels waisted little time grabbing the best pitcher available this off-season.
C.J. Wilson will agree to a 5-year contract with the Angels, which is risky business for the AL West power. Owner Arte Mareno likes to sign players to long term contracts, as we witnessed with the 10-year deal of Albert Pujols. Pitchers are a different animal, as arm problems arise frequently thus ending their careers more abruptly than hitters.
The Angels are now legitimate contenders in the AL West, alongside the back-to-back AL Champion Texas Rangers. Los Angeles has too much money and talent to reside in second place after years of dominance in their division. It is the Rangers time now and the Angels are sick of waiting for that era to end. They feel they must put an end to Texas’ run themselves and the Angels have now put their money where their mouth is by stealing the ace of their rivals starting rotation.
This is a double-bonus move for the Angels. Not only did they sign the best player in baseball to boost the offensive production of the team, but they added an ace while taking an ace away from their rival. The fact that Wilson is an Angel is huge, but the fact that Wilson is no longer a Ranger is more important news to the rest of the American League. I love what the Angels are doing and I can’t wait to see what else they have in mind. In the last day, we have seen the two best pitchers on the market sign, alongside the signing of the best hitter to enter free agency in years. Prince Fielder is now the No. 1 free agent available.
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