C.J. Wilson's agent, Rangers meet
DALLAS -- C.J. Wilson's agent, Bob Garber, said late Tuesday that his meeting with the Rangers was "great" and he added he was "pleasantly surprised."
Garber would not comment on whether an offer was made. The Rangers don't want to go six years for Wilson and five years could be beyond their comfort zone as well.
Texas is one of a handful of teams that has shown interest, including the Nationals, Angels and Marlins. Wilson visited with the Angels and Marlins before the winter meetings began. Various reports have the Cubs and Red Sox also interested.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier Tuesday the fact that the Angels and new GM Jerry DiPoto have shown interest in Wilson won't impact how the club goes about dealing with Garber.
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"If we don't sign him, I'd prefer he's in the National League hitting doubles and running around the bases," said Daniels before Tuesday's meeting. Daniels chuckled and said that he likes DiPoto and assistant GM Scott Servais, but doesn't want them winning the division.
"We try to stay disciplined and not try to make that kind of decision (based on what another team may do). We have to stick to our plan."
Wilson, one of the biggest free-agent pitchers on the market, talked briefly about his situation Tuesday morning on "The Ben & Skin Show" on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. He said once Garber gets an email or text from a team, he forwards the correspondence along to Wilson and is in constant communication with him.
"It's very transparent on our end," Wilson said, adding that some of what's being reported this week is "complete lies."
"Negotiations are a process and every team operates independently. There's no telling what you're going to get from one team to another."
"We know what C.J. is capable of doing," Ryan said Tuesday. "We really, truly believe in C.J., that he can handle the workload, that he keeps you in ballgames, that he's competitive. You don't have to worry about him being in shape. We're more familiar and more comfortable with him than anyone else."
Ryan said the team is prepared to look at other options if Wilson ends up signing somewhere else.
Wilson has a little more than 430 innings as a starter in the majors, most of it the past two seasons. Buehrle has thrown at least 200 innings in each of his 11 full seasons in the big leagues. And Oswalt has been a starter his entire career, since coming to the majors in 2001.
"If you look at what Buehrle has done with his career, there's obviously more of a track record there," Ryan said. "(The) same with Oswalt. You also know the history of those guys and are somewhat familiar with them. The fact that C.J. has only started 400 or something innings, you can look at it two different ways: Does that mean you don't know how he'll handle the workload going forward or is he better prepared to handle the workload going forward? It's hard to say."
Wilson said he isn't sure when he might know where he's going to play in 2012 and beyond. He said it's a process and will let things play out. Wilson did not comment on whether he was given a six-year offer.
"I'll put it to you this way: There's a difference between signing the best contract and signing in the best situation," Wilson said. "I talked to Adrian Beltre about this during the season and he said he got offered a lot more money from one particular team but decided to sign with the Rangers because it was a better offense and he wanted to be a part of a better offense. He took less money to go to Texas."
Wilson also brought up Cliff Lee signing with Philadelphia for a contract that wasn't quite as long as his offer from the Rangers and the Yankees. At the same time, Wilson said he wouldn't want to give a discount to any team.
"Giving a discount implies that you're sort of like telling the team to offer you less," Wilson said. "Some teams are unwilling to go past a certain point. For some teams it's years. Some teams don't want to do longer than a three-year contract and they're automatically out because if I'm getting long deals offer that's good for me because I like to have a place where I'm stable and I know where I'm going to be.
"I'd like to set up a home and live somewhere in a lot of ways. That really hasn't been possible the last couple of years in Texas because I've been going year-to-year and haven't had a defined role until this last year. The thing I like about Texas is I love my teammates. That's the No. 1 thing. It's hot. It's difficult to pitch there. It inflates your ERA. But I manage it because of being in good shape, taking care of my nutrition and all that stuff."
Wilson said every team that's still interested in him is a very good option.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.