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Tuesday, December 13, 2011
C.J. Wilson talks about staying in the AL West


New Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is thrilled to be coming home. So much so that the Orange County native left a sizable chunk of change on the table to return to Southern California.

“Miami’s offer was larger, but what it came down to for me was, I knew what I was getting into with the Angels,” he said Tuesday on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN Radio. “I know what it’s like to live in southern California, I know what it’s like to play at that stadium.

According to Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber (as told to Miami reporters), the Marlins were willing to offer him six years and $100 million before Wilson took the Angels’ $77.5 million over five years Thursday. But the “familiarity because of the hometown thing is why [the Angels] edged out Miami, despite the smaller financial situation,” Wilson said Tuesday. The Angels’ deal with the former Texas Ranger is for five years, $77.5 million.

Wilson, who chalked up his struggles this postseason to grip issues in cold weather, said he’s looking forward to joining the Angels’ formidable rotation of Jered Weaver, Dan Haren and Ervin Santana.

“As long as we pitch up to our expectations, I think the offense is going be more than enough” with Albert Pujols in the mix.

Listen to the whole interview here.