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C.J. Wilson derby could be down to Angels, Marlins

December 7, 2011 |  4:33 pm

The Texas Rangers are resigned to the possibility that their ace, C.J. Wilson, is leaving, and the Angels and Miami Marlins appear to be the finalists to sign the free-agent left-hander.

"Until C.J. makes a decision, we can't rule anything out, but we understand that's a realistic possibility," Texas General Manager Jon Daniels told Rangers writers at the winter meetings Wednesday afternoon. "I haven't received a call to say he's chosen to go elsewhere, but we're prepared for that call.”

The Rangers are believed to have offered Wilson a four-year deal in the $60-million range, but the Marlins have reportedly offered a six-year deal, and the Angels are believed to have offered a five-year deal in excess of $70 million.

Some thought the Marlins would bow out of negotiations for Wilson after left-hander Mark Buehrle reportedly agreed to a four-year, $58-million deal with Miami earlier Wednesday. But the Marlins' offer is still on the table, according to a person close to negotiations but not authorized to speak about them publicly.


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Photo: Texas Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson delivers during Game 5 of the World Series on Oct. 24. Credit: Ron Jenkins / MCT