C.J. Wilson was surprised that the Rangers never made a serious play for him before he ultimately landed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels. He said the Rangers discussed only parameters, and those terms were "not even close."
"There was really no comparison between the packages that were offered," said Wilson, who also had a six-year offer from Miami.
Wilson's news is a big story locally, but he is playing second fiddle Thursday to the news that the Angels also signed first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $250 million contract. Wilson said the balance of power in the American League West has shifted to the Angels.
The Rangers, meanwhile, are staying that they like the club as it's constructed and will continue to get better the rest of the off-season. But they won't stray from their business model to do so, which likely means that Prince Fielder is not on their radar. The biggest focus remains retaining core players like Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz and not trading away prospects who the Ranger sfeel can become impact big leaguers.
"We're not looking to bring in a guy that's going to lead us to break up what we've got," general manager Jon Daniels said.
-- Jeff Wilson