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Friday, November 11, 2011
Angels GM talks to C.J. Wilson's agent

By Mark Saxon
ESPNLosAngeles.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he has touched base with the agent for left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson and that his team is "intrigued" by the possibility of adding their primary AL West rival's ace.

Wilson, who went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA for the AL champion Texas Rangers last season, is from Fountain Valley, Calif., just south of Anaheim. He and fellow lefty Mark Buehrle are widely viewed as the top free-agent starters available, in addition to Japan's Yu Darvish.

Dipoto said he hasn't gotten a sense of whether Wilson prefers to pitch close to where he grew up.

"You'd have to ask him. I'm sure he's not going to divulge that type of preference at this point," Dipoto said. "It's very early in the courting period for all the clubs."

Dipoto, who was hired to replace Tony Reagins two weeks ago, has also begun contacting representatives of free-agent relievers. The Angels also are interested in catchers and third baseman, but are more likely to plug those holes via trade.

Dipoto said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of the Angels pursuing one of the two pre-eminent sluggers available, Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, but he admitted Friday that neither is a likely fit. If Kendrys Morales returns from a broken ankle this spring, the Angels' two most powerful returning hitters are first baseman. They also have Mark Trumbo, who plans to begin working out at third base this winter.

"I can't say it's Plan A," Dipoto said of Pujols and Fielder. "I don't particularly think it's the right way to go. That being said, you have to remain open-minded, as with all possibilities."

Mark Saxon covers the Angels for ESPNLosAngeles.com.