Offseason question: Re-sign C.J. Wilson?
November, 1, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
Now that the offseason has begun, we'll take a look at seven questions facing the Rangers heading into the winter. These questions are in no particular order.
Today's question: Do the Rangers re-sign left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson?
The 30-year-old (he turns 31 on Nov. 18) put together his second straight impressive season. He was the unquestioned No. 1 of the rotation in going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA. That ERA was the ninth-lowest in club history and the best since Nolan Ryan (2.91) in 1991.
He was solid on the road, sporting a 2.31 ERA in 121 road innings, the lowest road ERA in the AL. Wilson was an All-Star, chosen by manager Ron Washington for the All-Star Game in Arizona. It was his first All-Star appearance.
Mike Segar/Pool Photo/US PresswireDespite his postseason struggles, C.J. Wilson was a large part of why the Rangers won the AL West and were there to begin with.
After making the transition from reliever to starter before the 2010 season, Wilson showed he had the stamina to handle a larger load in terms of innings. He pitched 204 in 2010 and 223 1/3 (a team high) in 2011.
Wilson did not perform as well as he hoped in the postseason. He was 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in six games (five starts). He had 19 walks in 28 innings and opponents hit .276 against him. In last year's playoffs, Wilson was 1-2 with a 3.70 ERA in four starts.
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Now the question facing general manager Jon Daniels and his staff is what kind of offer do they believe is fair for Wilson. He doesn't likely fall into the category of ace, but he's shown the past two seasons that he's a premier pitcher. And he's one of the best pitchers on the free-agent market.
The Rangers aren't likely to get into a huge bidding war for Wilson's services, so much will depend on if there's a team out there willing to pay Wilson a compensation package that's in line with a No. 1 starter. Could someone give him $100 million? If so, it's much more likely the Rangers choose to spend that money elsewhere.
Read more on Wilson's comments following the season here.