Rangers offer arbitration to C.J. Wilson

This from the Rangers:

The Texas Rangers announced Wednesday that the club has offered salary arbitration for the 2012 season to pitcher C.J. Wilson, a Type A ranked free agent.

With the offer, the Rangers would be rewarded with the compensation of two additional draft picks in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft if Wilson were to decline the offer and sign with another major league club.

As a result of the collective bargaining process completed on Tuesday, Texas did not have to offer arbitration to left-handed pitcher Darren Oliver, a Type A player who will be treated as a Type B player. If Oliver should sign with another team, the Rangers will automatically receive compensation.

Texas also did not offer salary arbitration to four other unranked free agents where no compensation applies: LHP Michael Gonzalez, RHP Brandon Webb, catcher Matt Treanor, and outfielder Endy Chavez. Treanor has signed a 2012 contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The deadline for clubs to offer arbitration to ranked free agents in order to be eligible for compensation is 11:00 p.m. CST tonight. Wilson has until 11:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, December 7 to decide whether to accept or decline the Rangers’ offer.