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Angels express interest in C.J. Wilson

The Texas Rangers could end up losing free agent lefty C.J. Wilson to their AL West foe in the Los Angeles Angels.

While at the GM meetings in Milwaukee, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto had an extended meeting with the agent for Wilson to express the team's interest in him.

"Obviously we have interest, and we're hoping C.J. feels the same way," Dipoto told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Monday.

On Friday, Dipoto said he had touched base with the Wilson's agent and that his team was "intrigued" by the possibility of adding their rival's ace.

Wilson, who went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA for the AL champion 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 then he hadn'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."

Since making the transition from the bullpen, Wilson has gone 31-15 with a 3.14 ERA over 67 starts the past two regular seasons. But he was winless this postseason while becoming the first pitcher ever in the same season to have a loss in the division series, championship series and World Series after also being the loser in the All-Star Game.

Information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon and The Associated Press was used in this report.