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C.J. Wilson

In his final season as a member of the Texas Rangers, pitcher C.J. Wilson was as good a pitcher as you could have in a fantasy baseball league going 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA in a career high 223 and a third innings pitched. That marked the second straight season of dominance in a fantasy baseball league by Wilson and he had established himself as the team’s ace after he led them to the World Series.

But last offseason, Wilson became a free agent, and he had a choice to make. He could stay with the Rangers, the team he has been with since the start of his career in 2005 or he could play elsewhere. Wilson didn’t just decide to play elsewhere, he decided to play elsewhere whilst simultaneously twisting the knife in the Rangers’ back. Wilson jumped ship to join up with the Rangers arch-nemesis and division rival the Los Angeles Angels.

In his first season with the Angels, Wilson wasn’t terrible, but he wasn’t terrific. Wilson went 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA (his highest since he became a starting pitcher in 2010) and strangely enough, the team that had gone out and made the two biggest moves in free agency (the Angels also brought in some guy named Albert Pujols) wound up finishing in third place. That kind of result was unacceptable last season and it will be even more unacceptable this season now that the Angels have brought in one of the best outfielders you could have in a fantasy baseball league, Josh Hamilton. Wilson will need to step up, but so will everyone else because if the Angels don’t find a way to at least make the postseason next year, the Angels won’t be able to justify that massive payroll that they’ve been building over the past two seasons.

Wilson is never really going to be that type of player who is going to be a Cy Young candidate, but the Angels picked him up to be a dependable pitcher in the #2 or #3 slot. He needs to pick it up, much like the rest of the Angels, if they are going to compete in the American League West. Things should be better for him in year two, but it is officially time for him to start proving his worth as the Angels are in a win-now type of situation.


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